luck

Definitions

  • The Plough Boy in Luck music
    The Plough Boy in Luck music
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n luck an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another "bad luck caused his downfall","we ran into each other by pure chance"
    • n luck an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome "it was my good luck to be there","they say luck is a lady","it was as if fortune guided his hand"
    • n luck your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you) "whatever my fortune may be","deserved a better fate","has a happy lot","the luck of the Irish","a victim of circumstances","success that was her portion"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Little People bring good luck to the Indians The Little People bring good luck to the Indians

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A common custom in Spain is to eat one grape for each of the last 12 seconds of every year for good luck
    • n Luck That which happens to a person; an event, good or ill, affecting one's interests or happiness, and which is deemed casual; a course or series of such events regarded as occurring by chance; chance; hap; fate; fortune; often, one's habitual or characteristic fortune; as, good, bad, ill, or hard luck . Luck is often used by itself to mean good luck; as, luck is better than skill; a stroke of luck . "If thou dost play with him at any game,
      Thou art sure to lose; and of that natural luck ,
      He beats thee 'gainst the odds."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Storks were a symbol of fertility in Europe and were considered to bring good luck
    • n luck Fortune; hap; that which happens to a person by chance, conceived as having a real tendency to be favorable or unfavorable, or as if there were an inward connection between a succes sion of fortuitous occurrences having the same character as favorable or unfavorable. Thus, gamesters say that one ought to continue to play while the luck is in one's favor and leave off when the luck turns against one.
    • n luck Good fortune; favorable hap; a supposed something, pertaining to a person, at least for a time, giving to fortuitous events a favorable character; also, in a weakened sense, a fortuitous combination of favorable occurrences.
    • n luck An object with which good fortune is thought to be connected; especially, a vessel for holding liquid, as a drinking-cup. There are several such vessels surviving in England, as the Luck of Edenhall, preserved in a manor-house in the county of Cumberland.
    • n luck Synonyms See happy.
    • luck To be lucky.
    • luck To make lucky.
    • n luck A lock of wool twisted on the finger of a spinner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In some parts of England, rum is used to wash a baby's head for good luck.
    • n Luck luk fortune, good or bad: chance: lot: good fortune
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Quotations

  • H. Jackson Brown Jr.
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    “Luck marches with those who give their very best”
  • J. Frank Doble
    J. Frank Doble
    “Luck is being ready for the chance.”
  • James A. Garfield
    James A. Garfield
    “A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.”
  • Bret Harte
    Bret Harte
    “The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”
  • Paul Hawken
    Paul Hawken
    “The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “Luck is tenacity of purpose.”

Idioms

Luck of the draw - To have the 'Luck of the draw' is to win something in a competition where the winner is chosen purely by chance.
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Pot-luck - If you take pot-luck, you take whatever happens to be available at the time.
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Stroke of luck - When something fortunate happens unexpectedly, it is a stroke of luck.
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Tough luck - Tough luck is bad luck.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. luk, geluk, G. glück, Icel. lukka, Sw. lycka, Dan. lykke, and perh. to G. locken, to entice. Cf. 3d Gleck
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Low Ger. root, seen in Dut. luk; cf. Ger. glück, prosperity.

Usage

In literature:

He knew that the luck that had come to the camp was no ordinary luck.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was a liberal hand that had gone into its pocket many times to help those in hard luck.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
On the evening of the 19th I had some more luck.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
There's bad luck, as you might say.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Good and bad luck come in heaps.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
I'm no crazy man; I'm a prospector, as good as the best, if I am playing to a little hard luck.
"Wunpost" by Dane Coolidge
But luck can only attend the skillful.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Come on, and here's to luck, the best luck ever!
"Gold" by Stewart White
But for my luck I might be on the ship still.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
This is always my luck.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

“And if it lieth in my luck
To win to me that may,
In no sorrow’s stead it standeth me
For her to cast my life away.”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
A soldier (save by rarest luck)
Is always shot for showing pluck
(That is, if others can be found
With pluck enough to fire a round).
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
At last he spoke: "Ah, bad luck to the trying,
I cannot find them food!
To-morrow morning with me to the forest
I'll take the little brood!
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Maurice:
No, Mark, I'm not so easily cross'd;
'Tis true that I've had a run
Of bad luck lately; indeed, I've lost;
Well! somebody else has won.
"The Old Leaven" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
But who s to know when his luck shall turn
And Fortune —at last —shall find him ?
—Find him standing outside the bank
With tons of money behind him.
"The Prodigal Son (or The Morning After!)" by T W Connor
Up on the station - or in the town -
Or on the Warrego, droving down,
Whatever you're doing - wherever you be!
"There's lashin's o' luck to ye!" Paddy Magee!
"Paddy McGee" by Harry Breaker Morant

In news:

London is where many auction house experts are advising collectors to try their luck.
AP Photo/Darron CummingsRookie QB Andrew Luck took to the field Monday for his first official team practice as a Colt.
Andrew Luck's first full-speed minicamp practice featured nice completions and smart decisions.
If you've always wanted to create a fun, funky ' fro hawk on your natural hair but were unsure of how to do it, you're in luck.
Good luck and by all means enjoy enjoy.
Black cats are 'bad luck' and how fur -color stereotypes affect adoption rates.
With no luck selling Zsa Zsa Gabor 's home, her husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, has turned to another possible form of income: renting out the mammoth estate.
Once again this would never happen to me, I have no luck in the world 45-year-old Danielle Carroll teaches a painting class in Battery Park in New York City.
INTERVIEWS See Gaslamp Killer's Terrifying 'Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun'.
Everyone wanted to get in on the action and we know one firefighter who is very happy his fellow firefighters decided to try their luck.
Peyton back on field, RG3, Luck get going .
When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, May luck be yours on Halloween.
With practice and luck, you can advance through tournaments and prevent Imperia from starting a war.
The fate of the human race may rest in the unready hands of a down-on-his-luck computer game designer in Richardson's fun first novel (which originally ran as an online serial).
Bentley fans looking for a more Lamborghiniesque Bentley may just be in luck.
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In science:

This fact motivated Luck and collaborators for a series of insightful numerical investigations of two-dimensional RL − C arrays [6,7].
Spectral Properties of Random Reactance Networks and Random Matrix Pencils
Later rather than sooner, luck finally intervened.
And free lunch for all...
Those are difficult experiments and we must wish them the best of luck.
Summary talk at the conference on the sigma resonance
With luck, a sensitivity to ντ mass as low as 10 MeV is quite possible.
Tau2000 Conference Summary
With luck then, quasars will now enter a period of rapid development of their physics (e.g.
Tests of a Structure for Quasars
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