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in the lap of the gods

UK used to say that 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.
(Definition of in the lap of the gods from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “in the lap of the gods”
in Chinese (Simplified) 全靠运气,碰运气,听天由命…
in Chinese (Traditional) 全靠運氣,碰運氣,聽天由命…
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