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luck

 (lŭk)
n.
1. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; fortune: They met one day out of pure luck.
2. Good fortune or prosperity; success: We wish you luck.
3. One's personal fate or lot: It was just my luck to win a trip I couldn't take.
intr.v. lucked, luck·ing, lucks Informal
To gain success or something desirable by chance: lucked into a good apartment; lucked out in finding that rare book.
Idioms:
as luck would have it
As it turned out; as it happened: As luck would have it, it rained the day of the picnic.
in luck
Enjoying success; fortunate.
out of luck
Lacking good fortune.
press/push (one's) luck
To risk one's good fortune, often by acting overconfidently.
try (one's) luck
To attempt something without knowing if one will be successful.

[Middle English lucke, from Middle Dutch luc, short for gheluc.]

luck

(lʌk)
n
1. events that are beyond control and seem subject to chance; fortune
2. success or good fortune
3. something considered to bring good luck
4. down on one's luck having little or no good luck to the point of suffering hardships
5. no such luck informal unfortunately not
6. try one's luck to attempt something that is uncertain
[C15: from Middle Dutch luc; related to Middle High German gelücke, late Old Norse lukka, lykka]

luck

(lʌk)
n.
1. the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping events or opportunities: With my luck I'll probably be too late.
2. good fortune; success: to have luck finding work.
3. some object on which good fortune is supposed to depend.
v. Informal.
4. luck into or onto, to meet or acquire through accidental good fortune.
5. luck out, to have a run of good luck.
Idioms:
1. down on one's luck, in unfortunate circumstances; unlucky.
2. in luck, lucky; fortunate.
3. out of luck, unlucky; unfortunate.
[1400–50; luk < Low German luc, aphetic form of geluck, c. Middle Dutch ghelucke, Middle High German gelücke]

luck

  • hapless, happiness - Hapless means one is lacking hap, "good fortune, luck"; the words happy and happiness also have the root "hap."
  • happen - Fairly new to English, from hap, "chance, luck," which was borrowed from Old Norse happ.
  • fortune - Latin fors, "chance," formed fortuna, "that which fate brings along," hence fortune, "luck" or "good luck."
  • potluck - Comes from the practice of throwing leftovers in a pot—with luck determining how good the stew would taste.

luck

Luck is success that comes to you by accident rather than by your own efforts.

I had some wonderful luck.
All he did was shake hands and wish me luck.

Luck is an uncountable noun. You do not talk about 'lucks' or 'a luck'.

luck


Past participle: lucked
Gerund: lucking

Imperative
luck
luck
Present
I luck
you luck
he/she/it lucks
we luck
you luck
they luck
Preterite
I lucked
you lucked
he/she/it lucked
we lucked
you lucked
they lucked
Present Continuous
I am lucking
you are lucking
he/she/it is lucking
we are lucking
you are lucking
they are lucking
Present Perfect
I have lucked
you have lucked
he/she/it has lucked
we have lucked
you have lucked
they have lucked
Past Continuous
I was lucking
you were lucking
he/she/it was lucking
we were lucking
you were lucking
they were lucking
Past Perfect
I had lucked
you had lucked
he/she/it had lucked
we had lucked
you had lucked
they had lucked
Future
I will luck
you will luck
he/she/it will luck
we will luck
you will luck
they will luck
Future Perfect
I will have lucked
you will have lucked
he/she/it will have lucked
we will have lucked
you will have lucked
they will have lucked
Future Continuous
I will be lucking
you will be lucking
he/she/it will be lucking
we will be lucking
you will be lucking
they will be lucking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lucking
you have been lucking
he/she/it has been lucking
we have been lucking
you have been lucking
they have been lucking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lucking
you will have been lucking
he/she/it will have been lucking
we will have been lucking
you will have been lucking
they will have been lucking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lucking
you had been lucking
he/she/it had been lucking
we had been lucking
you had been lucking
they had been lucking
Conditional
I would luck
you would luck
he/she/it would luck
we would luck
you would luck
they would luck
Past Conditional
I would have lucked
you would have lucked
he/she/it would have lucked
we would have lucked
you would have lucked
they would have lucked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.luck - your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)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"
condition - a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing; "the human condition"
good fortune, good luck, luckiness - an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
providence - a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
bad luck, ill luck, tough luck, misfortune - an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
failure - lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
2.luck - an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than anotherluck - 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"
phenomenon - any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
mischance, mishap, bad luck - an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate; "if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all"
even chance, tossup, toss-up - an unpredictable phenomenon; "it's a toss-up whether he will win or lose"
3.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"
phenomenon - any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
fluke, good fortune, good luck - a stroke of luck

luck

noun
1. good fortune, success, advantage, prosperity, break (informal), stroke of luck, blessing, windfall, good luck, fluke, godsend, serendipity I knew I needed a bit of luck to win.
2. fortune, lot, stars, chance, accident, fate, hazard, destiny, hap (archaic), twist of fate, fortuity The goal owed more to luck than good planning.
in luck fortunate, successful, favoured, prosperous, rosy, well-off, on a roll, sitting pretty (informal), jammy (Brit. slang) You're in luck; the doctor's still in.
out of luck unfortunate, cursed, unlucky, unsuccessful, luckless If you want money, you're out of luck.
Quotations
"The more I practise the luckier I get" [Gary Player]
Proverbs
"You win some, you lose some"

luck

noun
1. The quality shared by random, unintended, or unpredictable events or this quality regarded as the cause of such events:
2. Success attained as a result of chance:
Idiom: good fortune.
Translations
حَظحَظٌصُدْفَه، حَظ
štěstínáhodašance
held
õnn
onni
sreća
szerencse
heppni
운명
felix
dar blogiaulaimę nešantislaimės dalykaslaimės šulinyslaimingai!
laimelaimīgs gadījumsveiksme
sreča
turlycka
โชค
şanstalihiyi şans
vận may

luck

[lʌk] Nsuerte f
some people have all the lucklos hay con suerte, algunos parece que nacen de pie
I couldn't believe my luckno me podía creer la suerte que tenía
good/bad luckbuena/mala suerte f
good luck!¡(buena) suerte!
bad or hard or tough luck!¡(qué) mala suerte!, ¡qué pena!
to bring (sb) (good) luck/bad lucktraer buena/mala suerte (a algn)
to have the (good) luck/bad luck to do sthtener la (buena) suerte/mala suerte de hacer algo
it's good/bad luck to see a black catcruzarse con un gato negro trae buena/mala suerte
any luck?¿hubo suerte?
beginner's lucksuerte f del principiante
best of luck!¡muchísima suerte!, ¡que tengas suerte!
and the best of luck! (iro) → ¡Dios te la depare buena! (iro)
better luck next time!¡a la tercera va la vencida!
that was a bit of luck!¡eso fue un golpe de suerte!
for luck: to keep sth for luckguardar algo por si trae suerte
once more for luck!¡una vez más por si trae suerte!
I think this is going to be a great photo, I'll take one more for luckcreo que éste va a ser una foto bonita, tomaré una más por si acaso
as luck would have itquiso la suerte que ...
his luck held and no one detected himsiguió con su racha de buena suerte y nadie lo descubrió
here's luck! (in toast) → ¡salud!
to be in luckestar de or con suerte
it would be just my luck to meet the bossmira que toparme con el jefe ... ¡sólo me pasan a mí estas cosas!
knowing my luckcon la suerte que tengo
no such luck!¡ojalá!
if it's money you want you're out of lucksi lo que quieres es dinero, me temo que no estás de suerte
to push one's lucktentar a la suerte
to have luck on one's sidetener la suerte de su parte
luck was on their sidela suerte estaba de su parte
that was a stroke of luck!¡eso fue un golpe de suerte!
to trust to luckhacer las cosas a la buena de Dios
wish me luck!¡deséame suerte!
I wish them all the luck in the worldles deseo toda la suerte del mundo
with (any) luckcon (un poco de) suerte
worse luckdesgraciadamente
to have the luck of the devil; have the devil's own lucktener la suerte de los tontos
it's the luck of the drawes cuestión de suerte
to be down on one's luckestar de mala racha
see also try B5
luck out VI + ADV (US) → tener un golpe de suerte

luck

[ˈlʌk] n
(= good fortune) → chance f
She hasn't had much luck → Elle n'a pas eu beaucoup de chance.
I couldn't believe my luck → Je n'en revenais pas d'avoir autant de chance.
to be in luck → avoir de la chance
to be out of luck → ne pas avoir de chance
to have no luck doing sth → ne pas réussir à faire qch
to bring luck (= be lucky) → porter bonheur
to bring sb luck → porter bonheur à qn
with any luck → avec un peu de chance
to have luck on one's side
He had luck on his side → La chance lui a souri.
Chelsea had luck on their side when a Dyer goal was ruled out for offside → La chance a souri à Chelsea lorsqu'un but de Dyer a été jugé hors jeu.
no such luck → ç'aurait été trop beau
good luck → chance f
to bring good luck → porter bonheur
good luck! → bonne chance!
best of luck! → bonne chance!
(= chance) → hasard m
to try one's luck at sth → tenter sa chance à qch
to try one's luck at doing sth → s'essayer à faire qch
to try one's luck as sth → tenter sa chance en tant que qch
just my luck! → c'est bien ma veine!
to be down on one's luck → être dans une mauvaise passe
the luck of the draw
It's the luck of the draw → C'est une question de chance.
bad luck → malchance f, malheur m
bad luck! → pas de chance!
hard luck! (showing sympathy)pas de chance!
tough luck! (unsympathetic) (= that's just too bad) → tant pis pour toi (or pour lui )!

luck

nGlück nt; by luckdurch einen glücklichen Zufall; bad luckUnglück nt, → Pech nt; bad or hard or tough luck!so ein Pech!; bad luck, but it’s your own faultPech (gehabt), da bist du selbst schuld; good luckGlück nt; good luck!viel Glück!; good luck to them! (iro) and the best of (British) luck! (iro)na dann viel Glück!; it was his good luck to be chosener hatte das Glück, gewählt zu werden; here’s luck to you/us! (toast) → auf glückliche Zeiten!; no such luck!schön wärs! (inf); just my luck!Pech (gehabt), wie immer!; it’s just his luck to miss the traines musste ihm natürlich wieder passieren, dass er den Zug verpasst hat; it’s the luck of the drawman muss es eben nehmen, wies kommt; with any luckmit etwas Glück; any luck? (= did it work?)hats geklappt?; (= did you find it?)hast du es gefunden?; worse luck!leider, wie schade; better luck next time!vielleicht klappts beim nächsten Mal!; to be in luckGlück haben; to be out of luckkein Glück haben; he was a bit down on his lucker hatte eine Pechsträhne; tramps and others who are down on their luckLandstreicher und andere, die kein Glück im Leben haben; to bring somebody good/bad luckjdm Glück/Unglück bringen; as luck would have itwie es der Zufall wollte; to have luck on one’s sidedas Glück auf seiner Seite haben; for luckals Glücksbringer or Talisman; Bernstein kisses his cuff links for luckBernstein küsst seine Manschettenknöpfe, damit sie ihm Glück bringen; to keep something for lucketw als Glücksbringer aufheben; one for luckund noch eine(n, s); to try one’s lucksein Glück versuchen

luck

[lʌk] nfortuna, sorte f
good luck → (buona) fortuna
bad luck → mala sorte, sfortuna
good luck! → buona fortuna!
bad luck! → che sfortuna!
it's good/bad luck to do ... → porta fortuna/sfortuna fare...
no such luck! → magari!, purtroppo no!
with any luck → con un po' di fortuna
to be in luck → essere fortunato/a
to be out of luck → essere sfortunato/a
to be down on one's luck → essere scalognato/a
I had the luck to → ho avuto la fortuna di
better luck next time! → andrà meglio la prossima volta!
he's got the luck of the devil! (fam) → ha una fortuna sfacciata!
to trust to luck → affidarsi al caso
as luck would have it → come volle il caso
it's the luck of the draw (fig) → è una questione di fortuna

luck

(lak) noun
1. the state of happening by chance. Whether you win or not is just luck – there's no skill involved.
2. something good which happens by chance. She has all the luck!
ˈluckless adjective
unfortunate. luckless children.
ˈlucky adjective
1. having good luck. He was very lucky to escape alive.
2. bringing good luck. a lucky number; a lucky charm.
ˈluckily adverb
ˈluckiness noun
lucky dip
a form of amusement at a fair etc in which prizes are drawn from a container without the taker seeing what he is getting.
bad luck!
an expression of sympathy for someone who has failed or been unlucky.
good luck!
an expression of encouragement made to someone who is about to take part in a competition, sit an exam etc. She wished him good luck.
worse luck!
most unfortunately!. He's allowing me to go, but he's coming too, worse luck!

luck

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luck

n. suerte, dicha; casualidad;
good ___buena ___;
out of ___de mala suerte;
worse ___la peor ___;
to be in ___estar de ___.
References in classic literature ?
Good luck," she said sharply and then turning went on her way.
It was just luck you had a tool,' he said cautiously.
I am no mortal, if the risky devils haven't swam down upon the very pitch, and, as bad luck would have it, they have hit the head of the island.
Waving his hands towards the flume, he said, "Look at that work of your father's; there ain't no other man in Californy but Philip Carr ez would hev the grit to hold up such a bluff agin natur and agin luck ez that yer flume stands for.
At any rate, it never was my luck to see her like among them, nor, for that matter, anywhere else.
She was now housekeeper and was also acting for the time as superintendent to the little girl, of whom, without children of her own, she was, by good luck, extremely fond.
As good luck would have it, they had had a whale alongside a day or two previous, and the great tackles were still aloft, and the massive curved blubber-hook, now clean and dry, was still attached to the end.
Better luck than all this could hardly have been hoped for; there was only one of them left to seek a place.
Very soon, about a dozen young imps were roosting, like so many crows, on the verandah railings, each one determined to be the first one to apprize the strange Mas'r of his ill luck.
But all of a sudden I stum- bled on the very thing, just by luck.
You do that when you've lost a horseshoe that you've found, instead of nailing it up over the door, but I hadn't ever heard anybody say it was any way to keep off bad luck when you'd killed a spider.
He reflected that when ill luck begins, it does not come in sprinkles, but in showers.