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third time's a charm

The belief or hope that the third attempt at something will be successful. Primarily heard in US. I hope the third time's a charm—I've already failed this test twice already!
See also: charm, third

charm the pants off (one)

To please and entice one, often in an attempt to yield a desired result. The school really tried to charm the pants off me during my visit this weekend, but I'm still not interested in going there.
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charm (someone) with (something)

To enthrall and interest someone with something. During my visit this weekend, the school tried to charm me with activities and future internship opportunities, but I'm still just not interested in going there. She's no fool, so you'll have a hard time charming her with money alone.
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work like a charm

To work very well or be exceptionally effective. This new software works like a charm. I barely had to do anything and the image is perfect. I read about some negotiating techniques before the big budget meeting, and I have to say that they actually worked like a charm!
See also: charm, like, work

charm someone with something

to enchant or fascinate someone with something. He charmed her with stories of his house on the beach. She charmed him with her bright smile.
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charm the pants off someone

Fig. to use very charming behavior to persuade someone to do something. (Use with caution.) She is so nice. She just charms the pants off you. He will try to charm the pants off you, but you can still refuse to take the job if you don't want to do it.
See also: charm, off, pant

third time's the charm

Prov. The third time you try to do something, it will work. Jill: I've called Miriam twice, but she doesn't answer her phone. Jane: Try again. The third time's the charm.
See also: charm, third

charm the pants off

see under pants off.
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pants off, the

This phrase is used to intensify the meaning of verbs such as bore or charm or kid or scare or talk . For example, That speech bored the pants off us, or It was a real tornado and scared the pants off me. Playwright Eugene O'Neill used it in Ah, Wilderness! (1933): "I tell you, you scared the pants off him," and Evelyn Waugh, in A Handful of Dust (1934), had a variation, "She bores my pants off." [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see bore to death; beat the pants off.
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work like a charm

Function very well, have a good effect or outcome, as in That knife-sharpener works like a charm, or Her deferential manner worked like a charm; he agreed to everything they'd asked for. This expression uses charm in the sense of "a magic spell." [Mid-1800s] Also see work wonders.
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work like a charm

If something works like a charm, it is very successful or effective. Our little arrangement worked like a charm. The medicine worked like a charm and my life has greatly improved.
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work like a charm

be completely successful or effective.
Charm here means a magic spell or lucky talisman.
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ˌwork like a ˈcharm

(informal) quickly have the effect you want; work like magic: I don’t know what she said to him, but it worked like a charm — he’s much more cooperative now.
A charm is a small object that is believed to bring good luck, or words believed to have magic power.
See also: charm, like, work

work like a charm

To function very well or have a very good effect or outcome.
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Beautifully crafted from sterling silver, this button-shaped charm features a classic relief-style portrait of Disney Minnie Mouse.
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On top of the characteristic black and white striped look, the new, feminine jewellery caskets have a drawer which is available in various colours which represent the 'joie de vivre' of Generation Charm Club.
Only genuine Swarovski crystals are used in the charms and lockets as well.
Waugh was by no means the first author to warn of the dangers of charm.
Comprehensive systems for healthcare management tend to be expensive and require on-site staff, but ChARM EHR is a cloud-based product with all the required features, and a clean, easy interface, ideally suited for healthcare facilities that want to migrate to an electronic health records system in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Like the old bracelets, the new ones are also used to tell stories like the little girl who bought a butterfly charm for her grandmother because she herself loves the winged insects.
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Tests showed one charm contained 40% of banned phthalates, with EU law stating 0.1% is the legal limit.
To someone else, a vintage charm bracelet might have been just another piece of jewelry, but to Sobule the charms came to represent the highlights of a narrative.
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The surface of each piece is oxidised to lend a vintage yet edgy feel to the charm. Write your own message by combining initials with symbols of love, faith and luck or your most beloved Pandora charms.