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third time lucky

The belief or hope that the third attempt at something will be successful. Primarily heard in UK. I hope to make it third time lucky after failing this test twice already!
See also: lucky, third, time

third time lucky

after twice failing to accomplish something, the third attempt may be successful.
Third time lucky has been proverbial since the mid 19th century; a US variant is third time is the charm .
See also: lucky, third, time

third time ˈlucky

(American English also third time is the ˈcharm) used when you have failed to do something twice and hope that you will succeed the third time: I missed again! Oh well, third time lucky!
See also: lucky, third, time
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