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English definition of “in the lap of the gods”

in the lap of the gods

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describes a situation that cannot be controlled and depends only on good luck : The doctors have done everything possible for him, so his recovery now is in the lap of the gods .Fate and destinyGood luck and bad luck
(Definition of in the lap of the gods from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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