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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But given the law of averages after a total of 24 goals from their previous five matches at Liberty Way, the home side were probably due a stalemate and, although there weren't too many positives for the visitors, Wrexham at least extended their unbeaten run into double figures and in the process racked up a seventh clean sheet of the campaign.
-jeansie YES it wasn't great and yes we should beat teams like that but the law of averages says we'll have worse days this season and hopefully many better ones.
But she does like an all-night bender so by booking three different venues, at least the record label are assured - on the law of averages - that she'll turn up in one of them," a source said.
However, the Dubliner does believe a European major winner is due, purely based on the law of averages.
It feels great when it does comes off but the law of averages says you are more likely to be looking at a double or triple bogey.
"I don't think that it is that we can't defend them, but the law of averages say you are going to concede in the end.
Add to this the possibility that, by the law of averages, one out of the ``twelve good men and true'' could turn out to be what TV producers describe as a ``juror from hell'' -- a know-all, argumentative, control freak who could delay a verdict for days and even cause a costly re-trial.
And it's about the place where most of us sit - by the law of averages most of us will lie in the middle ranges of ability.
But the Ibrox boss said: "The law of averages says they are due a win over the Old Firm soon.
This year, true to the law of averages, the market lost 4.07 percent by the end of November after peaking to an all-time high of 8,605 at the start of the month.
He also had three sons - Pip Kit and Jonty - one of whom may be in the music business by law of averages."
"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. I had missed enough chances." The Ox admitted Gunners are not quite firing on all cylinders yet.
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.