Louis B. Jones is the author of the novels Ordinary Money, Particles and luck, and California's Over.
With luck, once the matches begin, the tensions will subside with the suds on a cold Budweiser.
At Juilliard, we did every play together—not by choice, it was just luck of the draw—and we were roommates.
Some of what looks like superlative performance may just be the luck of the draw.
But those older women (and old-fashioned younger women) who do prefer slips may soon be out of luck.
I heard steps behind me, and turning round I fired again for luck.
And he was both to batter it down, for he still had the gambler's faith in his luck.
Seems like he just knew what we went for, and he wants to see what luck we had.
He knows you're with us, and he knows our luck left us when you come.
It was now a case of every man for himself and trust to luck.
late 15c. from early Middle Dutch luc, shortening of gheluc "happiness, good fortune," of unknown origin. It has cognates in Dutch geluk, Middle High German g(e)lücke, German Glück "fortune, good luck." Perhaps first borrowed in English as a gambling term. To be down on (one's) luck is from 1832; to be in luck is from 1900; to push (one's) luck is from 1911. Good luck as a salutation to one setting off to do something is from 1805. Expression better luck next time attested from 1802.
A gentleman was lately walking through St Giles's, where a levelling citizen attempting to pick his pocket of a handkerchief, which the gentleman caught in time, and secured, observing to the fellow, that he had missed his aim, the latter, with perfect sang-froid, answered, "better luck next time master." ["Monthly Mirror," London, 1802]
by 1945, from luck (n.). To luck out "succeed through luck" is American English colloquial, attested by 1946; to luck into (something good) is from 1944. However, lukken was a verb in Middle English (mid-15c.) meaning "to happen, chance;" also, "happen fortunately."