An example of luck is what happens when good things start happening to someone.
An example of luck is winning easily when gambling.
It was just my luck to win a trip I couldn't take.
We wish you luck.
They met one day out of pure luck.
The raffle is just a matter of luck.
Sometimes it takes a bit of luck to get success.
I couldn't believe my luck when I found a fifty dollar bill on the street.
Gilbert had some bad luck yesterday "” he got pick-pocketed and lost fifty dollars.
Lucked into a good apartment; lucked out in finding that rare book.
I tried for ages to find a pair of blue suede shoes, but didn't have any luck.
He has a lot of luck with the ladies, perhaps it is because of his new motorbike.
No plan. We're just to going to have to luck through.
Our plan is to luck it through.
Seeing a black cat is bad luck.
- As it turned out; as it happened:As luck would have it, it rained the day of the picnic.
- Enjoying success; fortunate.
- Lacking good fortune.
- To risk one's good fortune, often by acting overconfidently.
- To attempt something without knowing if one will be successful.
- in misfortune; unlucky
- fortunate; lucky
- to have things turn out favorably for one; be lucky
- unfortunate; unlucky
- to take unnecessary risks in an already favorable situation
- to try to do something without being sure of the outcome
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of luck
- Middle English lucke from Middle Dutch luc short for gheluc
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Loaned into English in the 15th century (probably as a gambling term) from Middle Dutch luc, a shortened form of: gheluc (“good fortune") (whence Modern Dutch geluk). Middle Dutch luc, gheluc is paralleled by Middle High German lück, gelücke (modern German Glück). The word occurs only from the 12th century, apparently first in Rhine Frankish. Perhaps from an Old Frankish *galukki. The word enters standard Middle High German during the 13th century, and spreads to English and Scandinavian in the Late Middle Ages. Its origin seems to have been regional or dialectal, and there were competing German words such as gevelle or schick, or the Latinate fortune. Its etymology is unknown, although there are numerous proposals as to its derivations from a number of roots.
- Use as a verb in American English is late (1940s), but there was a Middle English verb lukken "to chance, to happen by good fortune" in the 15th century.
- From the given name Luke.