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luck

noun [U]
 
 
/lʌk/
BY CHANCE A2 good and bad things caused by chance and not by your own actions: 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. He seems to have had a lot of bad luck in his life.Good luck and bad luck
SUCCESS B2 success: Have you had any luck (= succeeded in) finding your bag? He's been trying to find work but with no luck so far.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailures
be in luck informal to be able to have or do what you want: "Do you have any tuna sandwiches?" "You're in luck - there's one left."Good luck and bad luck
Good luck! something you say to someone when you hope that they will be successful: Good luck with your exam!Good luck and bad luck
Bad/Hard luck! used to show sympathy when someone is unsuccessful or unlucky: "They've run out of tickets." "Oh, bad luck!"Good luck and bad luckSympathy and compassion
→  See also a stroke of luck , the luck of the draw
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