twist of fate

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twist of fate

A highly unexpected or coincidental event, especially one that has an important or far-reaching influence on the future. It was a twist of fate that brought together the two brilliant scientists who would go on to solve the world's energy crisis. Really, it was down to a twist of fate that I happened to get this job. Right place, right time, as they say.
See also: fate, of, twist

twist of fate

 and turn of fate
Fig. a fateful event; an unanticipated change in a sequence of events. A strange turn of fate brought Fred and his ex-wife together at a New Year's Eve party in Queens.
See also: fate, of, twist