Meaning of “luck” in the English Dictionary

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"luck" in British English

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lucknoun [ U ]

uk /lʌk/ us /lʌk/

A2 the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities:

It was just luck that I asked for a job at the right time.
Then I met this gorgeous woman and I couldn't believe my luck.
She wears a charm that she thinks brings her good luck.
He seems to have had a lot of bad luck in his life.
So your interview's tomorrow? Good luck!
The best of luck in/with your exams!

B2 success:

Have you had any luck with booking your flight?
He tried to get into teacher training college but with no luck.

More examples

  • With a bit of luck, we should be back in time for dinner.
  • As she waited to go into the exam, he squeezed her hand and wished her good luck.
  • He hasn't been having much luck recently.
  • I'm sorry to hear that you failed your driving test. Better luck next time, eh!
  • Are the company's current difficulties a result of bad luck or bad judgment?

(Definition of “luck” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)