law of averages


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law of averages

The idea that no one result will happen all the time. Don't worry, you'll score a goal eventually. It's just the law of averages.
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law of averages

The idea that probability will influence all occurrences in the long term, that one will neither win nor lose all of the time. For example, If it rains every day this week, by the law of averages we're bound to get a sunny day soon . This colloquial term is a popular interpretation of a statistical principle, Bernoulli's theorem, formulated in the late 1600s.
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the ˌlaw of ˈaverages

the principle that one thing will happen as often as another if you try enough times: Keep applying for jobs and by the law of averages you’ll get one sooner or later.
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He said: "I believe in the law of averages - St Johnstone proved that against us this season when they finally beat us.
The law of averages, moreover, suggests the long stretch without a market correction will come to an end.
face dangerous situations every day and the law of averages suggests you will pass on ahead of us,' Mr.
Allardyce added: "The law of averages says we've stayed up too many times and that we shouldn't have done.
That frightens me a bit because the law of averages says they're going to win some time.
I said to my dad before the game that I'd probably score because of the law of averages.
Given the number of people, the law of averages dictates someone will walk out - it's happened to me, but I stopped in time.
The law of averages says we should lay the draw (7-2) in the Shamrock Rovers versus Bray game, with the hosts having drawn six of their seven games so far this campaign.
Even if their new coaching staff, massive squad of players, promotion ambitions and generous backing of financial whizz Steve Lansdown counts for nothing, surely the law of averages must mean it's time to break that duck.
And even though the law of averages also favoured them, a reality check clicked in and the Welsh All Blacks stormed to a 22nd consecutive home win over the Wizards.
all this like I'm sure I'm Kirkby I remember only 40 years ago in this country the average person who worked in heavy industry retired at 65 years and the law of averages was they died at 70 years.
A spokesman for the Student Loans Company, which processes one million loans in a three-week period at the start of term, said: "While this year there were no general problems in terms of loans being late, the law of averages means there will sometimes be problems with processing all the information.
If only by the law of averages it had to happen eventually: all of a sudden, folk music is trendy.