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third time lucky

The belief or hope that the third attempt at something will be successful. Primarily heard in UK. I hope to make it third time lucky after failing this test twice already!
See also: lucky, third, time

third time lucky

after twice failing to accomplish something, the third attempt may be successful.
Third time lucky has been proverbial since the mid 19th century; a US variant is third time is the charm .
See also: lucky, third, time

third time ˈlucky

(American English also third time is the ˈcharm) used when you have failed to do something twice and hope that you will succeed the third time: I missed again! Oh well, third time lucky!
See also: lucky, third, time
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He looks a progressive type and it's worth noting three-year-olds have won this race times in the last decade, Typ threerace four Third Time Lucky was three years old when he won.
"We've got the cup final first where we are hoping it's third time lucky after reaching the final twice and not winning it.
With the field splitting into two groups Godolphin had a challenger on either side of the Rowley Mile, but it was the stands' side runner Carry On Deryck who took second, with Very Talented leading home the far-side pack from Third Time Lucky.
Bexplanation he became typ three He looks a progressive type and it's worth noting three-year-olds have won this race four times in the last decade, Third Time Lucky was three years old when he won.
As the saying goes: Third time lucky! - Jean Dudley, Plympton, Devon
Today the 140ft mill tower at Dunston, Gateshead, had defied two demolition attempts but, third time lucky, a cheering crowd finally witnessed a successful blast.
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