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get (one's) Irish up

To become or cause to become angry, hostile, defensive, or irritable. John got his Irish up when his parents brought up the subject of college. Election season always gets my dad's Irish up.
See also: get, Irish, up

Irish hint

A straightforward statement. I'm positive I'm getting the promotion—the boss gave me an Irish hint to that effect!
See also: hint, Irish


obsolete Potatoes. Haven't we anything to eat besides Irish-apricots?

the luck of the devil

Extremely good luck or fortune. I can't believe I won the lottery and a radio contest in the same week—I have the luck of the devil! You'd need the luck of the devil to find a room to rent that's less than $800 a month in this city.
See also: devil, luck, of

the luck of the draw

Chance, especially that which is solely responsible for determining a result or outcome. It was just the luck of the draw that my roommate in college ended up being one of my closest friends for the rest of my life. No one gets to choose the family they're born into—it's just the luck of the draw.
See also: draw, luck, of

the luck of the Irish

Extremely good luck or fortune. I can't believe I won the lottery and a radio contest in the same week—I must have the luck of the Irish!
See also: Irish, luck, of
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get someone's dander up

 and get someone's back up; get someone's hackles up; get someone's Irish up; put someone's back up
Fig. to make someone get angry. (Fixed order.) Now, don't get your dander up. Calm down. I insulted him and really got his hackles up. Bob had his Irish up all day yesterday. I don't know what was wrong. Now, now, don't get your back up. I didn't mean any harm.
See also: dander, get, up

luck of the Irish

luck associated with the Irish people. (Also said as a catch phrase for any kind of luck.) Bill: How did you manage to do it, Jeff. Jeff: It's the luck of the Irish, I guess.
See also: Irish, luck, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

luck of the devil

Also, luck of the Irish. Extraordinarily good fortune, as in You've the luck of the devil-that ball landed just on the line, or Winning the lottery-that's the luck of the Irish. These superstitious attributions of good fortune date from the first half of the 1900s.
See also: devil, luck, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the luck of the draw

If something is the luck of the draw, it depends on chance and there is nothing you can do to influence it. It's largely the luck of the draw what kind of child we get. Sometimes you can see a doctor immediately, and sometimes you have to wait for hours. It's the luck of the draw really. Note: This expression refers to the act of drawing (=taking) a card at random from a pack of playing cards.
See also: draw, luck, of
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the luck of the draw

the outcome of chance rather than something you can control.
See also: draw, luck, of

the luck of the Irish

very good luck.
See also: Irish, luck, of
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the luck of the ˈdevil


the luck of the ˈIrish

very good luck: You need the luck of the devil to get a seat on the train in the rush hour.It was the luck of the Irish that saved him.
See also: devil, luck, of

the ˌluck of the ˈdraw

the result of chance only: Some teachers get a job near home, others are sent hundreds of miles away. It’s the luck of the draw.
See also: draw, luck, of
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

luck of the devil/draw/Irish

Fortuitous blessings, good fortune. Good luck (and bad luck) have long been regarded superstitiously, associated with supernatural forces (the devil), a particular group (the Irish), or pure chance (the random drawing of a card or cards). The luck of the draw appears in print only in the second half of the twentieth century; the luck of the Irish is older, appearing, for example, in Lee Thayer’s The Sinister Mark (1923).
See also: devil, draw, Irish, luck, of
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