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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNLUCKY

I am to be unlucky in all I do, I think, be my intentions ever so good.

Many a rod, I grieve to say, was worn to the stump on that unlucky night.

It was profusely strewed with the plunder of that unlucky fortress.

Still, anything was liable to happen when his unlucky star was in the ascendant.

And Charley, unlucky Charley, had managed to get into hot water with the college school.

A screech-owl is unlucky, and so also is it if a bird fly against the window.

This unlucky newspaper was a thorn in the side of every patriot of Carlow County.

It was the unlucky boat, the boat that was haunted by the gnome.

Ah, that is unlucky; but never mind, we must contrive to get on without it.

It is evident enough that we have happened on an unlucky day!'

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, "marked by misfortune or failure," from un- (1) "not" + lucky. Cf. West Frisian unlokkich, Mliddle Low German unluckich. Sense of "boding ill" is recorded from 1540s; that of "having bad luck" is from 1550s; that of "bringing bad luck" is from 1580s.

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