luck of the draw


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the luck of the draw

Chance, especially that which is solely responsible for determining a result or outcome. It was just the luck of the draw that my roommate in college ended up being one of my closest friends for the rest of my life. No one gets to choose the family they're born into—it's just the luck of the draw.
See also: draw, luck, of

luck of the draw

the results of chance; the lack of any choice. Why do I always end up with the luck of the draw? The team was assembled by chance. It was just the luck of the draw that we could work so well together.
See also: draw, luck, of

luck of the draw

Pure chance, as in It isn't anyone's fault-it's just the luck of the draw. This expression alludes to the random drawing of a playing card. [Mid-1900s]
See also: draw, luck, of

the luck of the draw

If something is the luck of the draw, it depends on chance and there is nothing you can do to influence it. It's largely the luck of the draw what kind of child we get. Sometimes you can see a doctor immediately, and sometimes you have to wait for hours. It's the luck of the draw really. Note: This expression refers to the act of drawing (=taking) a card at random from a pack of playing cards.
See also: draw, luck, of

the luck of the draw

the outcome of chance rather than something you can control.
See also: draw, luck, of

the ˌluck of the ˈdraw

the result of chance only: Some teachers get a job near home, others are sent hundreds of miles away. It’s the luck of the draw.
See also: draw, luck, of

luck of the draw

n. the results of chance; the lack of any choice. The team was assembled by chance. It was just the luck of the draw that we could work so well together.
See also: draw, luck, of
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