luck Definition

  • 1success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions
  • 2chance considered as a force that causes good or bad things to happen

Using luck: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "luck" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She had the luck to find a job quickly.

  • Example

    I had no luck finding my keys this morning.

  • Example

    He had a run of bad luck at the casino.

  • Example

    Winning the lottery is just a matter of luck.

luck Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for luck

Idioms Using luck

  • an unexpected event that brings good fortune


    Finding a $20 bill on the street was a real stroke of luck.

  • beginner's luck

    the phenomenon of someone having good luck at the beginning of their experience with an activity


    It was her first time playing poker, but she won the game due to beginner's luck.

  • fortunate; having good luck


    We're in luck! The store still has some tickets left for the concert.

Phrases with luck

  • down on one's luck

    experiencing a period of misfortune or difficulty


    After losing his job, he was really down on his luck.

  • push one's luck

    to take a risk by continuing to do something that has been successful so far but that may not continue to be successful


    You've already gotten away with being late twice this week. Don't push your luck!

  • the result of chance rather than skill or planning


    In this game, who wins and who loses is all the luck of the draw.

Origins of luck

from Middle Dutch 'lucke', meaning 'good fortune'


Summary: luck in Brief

The term 'luck' [lʌk] refers to success or failure brought about by chance, often considered as a force that causes good or bad things to happen. It spans contexts from finding a job to winning the lottery, exemplified by 'She had the luck to find a job quickly.' 'Luck' extends into phrases like 'down on one's luck,' and idioms like 'a stroke of luck,' denoting an unexpected event that brings good fortune.

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