luck

[luhk]
noun
1.
the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities: With my luck I'll probably get pneumonia.
2.
good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance: He had no luck finding work.
3.
a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person: She's had nothing but bad luck all year.
4.
some object on which good fortune is supposed to depend: This rabbit's foot is my luck.
Verb phrases Informal.
5.
luck into/onto, to meet, acquire, become, etc., by good luck: She lucked into a great job.
6.
luck out, to have an instance or run of exceptionally good luck: He lucked out when he made a hole in one during the tournament.
7.
luck upon, to come across by chance: to luck upon a profitable investment.
Idioms
8.
down on one's luck, in unfortunate circumstances; unlucky: She hated to see her old friend so down on her luck.
9.
in luck, lucky; fortunate: We were in luck, for the bakery was still open.
10.
luck of the draw, the luck one has in or as if in drawing cards.
11.
out of luck, unlucky; unfortunate: When it comes to getting World Series tickets, we're usually out of luck.
12.
push one's luck, Informal. to try to make too much of an opportunity; go too far. Also, crowd one's luck.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English luk < Middle Dutch luc, aphetic form of gelucke; cognate with G. Glück

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Łuck

[lootsk; Polish wootsk]
noun
Polish name of Lutsk.
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luck (lʌk)
 
n
1.  events that are beyond control and seem subject to chance; fortune
2.  success or good fortune
3.  something considered to bring good luck
4.  down on one's luck having little or no good luck to the point of suffering hardships
5.  informal no such luck unfortunately not
6.  try one's luck to attempt something that is uncertain
 
[C15: from Middle Dutch luc; related to Middle High German gelücke, late Old Norse lukka, lykka]

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Word Origin & History

luck
15c. from M.Du. luc, shortening of gheluc "happiness, good fortune," of unknown origin. Related to M.H.G. g(e)lücke, Ger. Glück "fortune, good luck." Perhaps first borrowed in English as a gambling term. To luck out "succeed through luck" makes a verb of it, Amer.Eng. colloquial, first attested
1954.
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Idioms & Phrases

luck

In addition to the idioms beginning with luck, also see as luck would have it; beginner's luck; down on one's luck; good luck; hard luck; in luck; out of luck; push one's luck; run of luck; take pot luck; tough break (luck); try one's hand (luck).

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luck

city, northwestern Ukraine, on a defensive site at a bend in the Styr River. It was a tribal settlement, perhaps of the Luchanians, as early as the 10th century. The first known record of the settlement dates to 1185. Lutsk later became a part of the principality of Galicia-Volhynia and until the late 18th century was in Lithuania-Poland, when it fell into Russian hands. It belonged to Poland again in 1919-39. The older part of the city contains the 14th-century castle of the Lithuanian prince Liubartas and much old architecture. Three monasteries date from the 16th to the 18th century. An automobile plant was constructed in the city in the late 1970s to build the Volynyanka, a multipurpose vehicle for rural use. Other economic activities in Lutsk have included the production of scientific instruments and food. A teacher-training institute and a medical school are located there. Pop. (2001) 208,816; (2005 est.) 202,915.

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