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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LUCK

It would be a stroke of luck if I could stumble on one of his hiding places!

And he was both to batter it down, for he still had the gambler's faith in his luck.

He knows you're with us, and he knows our luck left us when you come.

How'll they know that it was luck—that my gun stuck in the holster—and that you jumped me on the draw?

Such, at least, was my luck when starting for my annual French tour in 1887.

I can only think that, no matter what is wrong, two wonderful pieces of luck have come to you.

War was a game of hazard, in which the luck was always changing.

But it's a bit of luck Porter's not having declared him out to save nearly a hundred.

"Luck was against you to-day, Dixon," exclaimed the visitor.

And a devilish piece of luck it was, for I have been hustling ever since.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c. from early Middle Dutch luc, shortening of gheluc "happiness, good fortune," of unknown origin. It has cognates in Dutch geluk, Middle High German g(e)lücke, German Glück "fortune, good luck." Perhaps first borrowed in English as a gambling term. To be down on (one's) luck is from 1832; to be in luck is from 1900; to push (one's) luck is from 1911. Good luck as a salutation to one setting off to do something is from 1805. Expression better luck next time attested from 1802.

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