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be in the right place at the right time
To be the recipient of good fortune, often accidentally or unintentionally, simply due to one's location and/or timing. I guess we were in the right place at the right time because the person ahead of us in line paid for our drinks! I got that great parking space because I pulled up just as someone was leaving. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! My friend could never get promoted when she worked here, but I've been in the right place at the right time.
be in the wrong place at the wrong time
To encounter trouble or misfortune that that was not one's fault but rather was due to unfortunate circumstances, timing, or physical location. There are a lot of conspiracy theories about why he was targeted, but I think he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I happened to be walking through right when the protest started. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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right/wrong place at the right time, to be in the
To be where one can/ cannot take advantage of an opportunity. The adjective right in this phrase, which dates from the second half of the nineteenth century, is used in the sense of “fitting” or “appropriate.” It is often used with reference to logistics, as H.W.V. Stuart did in Egypt after the War (1883): “Her Commander’s knack of being in the right place at the right time.” Other versions are to be in the right place at the wrong time, indicating one’s timing is bad for taking advantage of something, and the wrong place at the wrong time, for when one is hopelessly out of luck.
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