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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the luck of the draw

the outcome of chance rather than something you can control.
See also: draw, luck, of
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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