the luck of the devil

the luck of the devil

Extremely good luck or fortune. I can't believe I won the lottery and a radio contest in the same week—I have the luck of the devil! You'd need the luck of the devil to find a room to rent that's less than $800 a month in this city.
See also: devil, luck, of
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luck of the devil

Also, luck of the Irish. Extraordinarily good fortune, as in You've the luck of the devil-that ball landed just on the line, or Winning the lottery-that's the luck of the Irish. These superstitious attributions of good fortune date from the first half of the 1900s.
See also: devil, 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 ˈdevil


the luck of the ˈIrish

very good luck: You need the luck of the devil to get a seat on the train in the rush hour.It was the luck of the Irish that saved him.
See also: devil, luck, of
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luck of the devil/draw/Irish

Fortuitous blessings, good fortune. Good luck (and bad luck) have long been regarded superstitiously, associated with supernatural forces (the devil), a particular group (the Irish), or pure chance (the random drawing of a card or cards). The luck of the draw appears in print only in the second half of the twentieth century; the luck of the Irish is older, appearing, for example, in Lee Thayer’s The Sinister Mark (1923).
See also: devil, draw, Irish, luck, of
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