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lightning doesn't strike twice
proverb Something that's very extraordinary and unlikely to happen will never happen to the same person twice. (Said especially of tragic or unfortunate events.) I know you're scared to go back on a plane after that crash, but lightning doesn't strike twice.
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lightning doesn't strike twiceor
lightning never strikes twice
You say that lightning does not strike twice or lightning never strikes twice to say that someone who has been very lucky or unlucky is unlikely to have the same good or bad luck again. They say lightning doesn't strike twice but it did with Wanganeen following up his match-winning form with another great performance. It was as if Sara was somehow protected by the old `lightning never strikes twice' rule. Note: You can also say that lightning strikes twice or that lightning strikes again when someone does have the same good or bad luck again. Lightning struck twice as he scored again — his fifth goal in three games over the Christmas period. Then, several years later, lightning struck again. Her other son Stephen died suddenly at the age of 13.
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