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Good Luck

 

(See also SUPERSTITION.)

born with a caul on one’s head Immune to death by drowning; charmed; lucky. The caul is part of the fetal membrane sometimes present on the heads of newborns. The superstition regarding its magical properties was at one time so strong that such membranes, or some material claimed to be such, were sold. Mariners in particular sought them, for obvious reasons.

carry a rope in one’s pocket To be extremely lucky at cards. This expression is an allusion to the superstition that a piece of a hangman’s rope carried in the pocket brings the bearer good luck at cards.

the devil’s own luck Unbelievable or amazing good luck; also the devil’s luck. This expression, in use since at least the mid-19th century, may have derived from the former belief that lucky people had consorted with the Devil.

hit the jackpot To win a large prize; to have a remarkable stroke of good luck; to achieve great success; to strike it rich. Jackpot is a poker term for the kitty or pot that accumulates until a player can open the betting with the required cards. Thus, jackpot has come to mean ‘a prize; success or luck,’ often of an extraordinary nature because it has been long awaited and its value has accumulated over a period of time.

We saw our first American audience-participation show. The prizes included a diamond wrist watch … The jackpot was 1,250 dollars! (Radio Times, July 15, 1949)

The expression to hit the jackpot probably derives from slot machine usage.

There is always the chance that one or other number or artist will hit the jackpot. (Sunday Times Supplement, June 10, 1962)

manna from heaven A stroke of good fortune; a windfall; a boon or blessing, particularly one resulting from divine intervention. This expression comes from Exodus (16:15):

And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to the other, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.

strike oil See SUCCESS.

windfall An unexpected acquisition or gain, such as a legacy; a sudden stroke of good luck, especially financial; a godsend; a bonanza. This term may stem from post-medieval England where laws prohibited the people from cutting down trees because all lumber was earmarked for use by the Royal Navy. If a tree were felled by the wind (literally, a windfall), however, it was excluded from this restriction and could be used by the property owner as he wished, thus being considered exceptional and unexpected good fortune. One source suggests that windfall may refer to a fruit or other edible delight which is blown from a tree by the wind without requiring active exertion on the part of the recipient.

[He] kept little windfalls that came to him by the negligence of customers—… loose silver, odd gloves, etc. (Maria Edgeworth, Moral T. Forester, 1802)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.good luck - an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
circumstances, luck, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, portion - 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"
successfulness, prosperity - the condition of prospering; having good fortune
boon, blessing - a desirable state; "enjoy the blessings of peace"; "a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors"
bad luck, ill luck, tough luck, misfortune - an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
2.good luck - a stroke of luck
fortune, 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"
serendipity - good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
3.Good Luck - an unexpected piece of good luckgood luck - an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
chance event, fortuity, accident, stroke - anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause; "winning the lottery was a happy accident"; "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"; "it was due to an accident or fortuity"
Translations
hodně štěstí
bonne chancebon courage
がんばれ幸運を祈る
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Twill be convenient in the way of greeting when he backs up to dump off the good luck.
Well, I have not had good luck," said Larry, "that's where it is.
Then up he got with a light heart, free from all his troubles, and walked on till he reached his mother's house, and told her how very easy the road to good luck was.
Oh, in that case," she said with a laugh, "your finding me alone is not good luck for me.
One said, "I'll assure you, madam hath had good luck.
By good luck, his knife flew out of his hand as he fell.
Flask --good-bye, and good luck to ye all --and this day three years I'll have a hot supper smoking for ye in old Nantucket.
Fortune suddenly smiled upon Jo, and dropped a good luck penny in her path.
I was in a fever to know more of him, and it was my great good luck to fall in with a German in the village who had his books.
I knew that we should either go to the bottom together, or that she would be the making of me; and I never had two days of foul weather all the time I was at sea in her; and after taking privateers enough to be very entertaining, I had the good luck in my passage home the next autumn, to fall in with the very French frigate I wanted.
Why, even if we suppose the greatest good luck, that the children don't die, and I bring them up somehow.
So my good luck is all due to her, and I shall never leave her until she starts back to Kansas for good and all.