lightning never strikes twice in the same place

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Lightning never strikes twice in the same place definition


Misfortune does not occur twice in the same way to the same person.

Note: In actuality, lightning can strike twice in the same place.
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Idioms & Phrases

lightning never strikes twice in the same place

The same misfortune will never recur, as in Go ahead and try your luck investing in options again; lightning never strikes twice. This saying is based on a long-standing myth, which has been proved to be untrue. Nevertheless, it is so well known it is often shortened, as in the example. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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