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lightning never strikes (the same place) 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 never strikes twice. There's no way we could get hit by such a devastating storm like that again—lightning never strikes the same place twice
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Lightning never strikes (the same place) twice.

Prov. The same highly unlikely thing never happens to the same person twice. Jill: I'm scared to drive ever since that truck hit my car. Alan: Don't worry. Lightning never strikes the same place twice. It's strange, but I feel safer since my apartment was robbed; I figure lightning never strikes the same place twice.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lightning never strikes twice

the same calamity never occurs twice.
This expression refers to the popular belief that lightning never strikes the same spot twice.
1983 Penelope Lively Perfect Happiness It's nasty, isn't it?…Having to go to the same airport. Though in a way you can't help thinking well lightning never strikes twice.
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ˌlightning never strikes (in the same place) ˈtwice

(saying) an unusual or unpleasant event is not likely to happen in the same place or to the same person twice
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