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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.
good fortune; advantage or success, considered as the result of chance: He had no luck finding work.
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.
some object on which good fortune is supposed to depend: This rabbit's foot is my luck.
Verb phrases Informal.
luck into/onto, to meet, acquire, become, etc., by good luck: She lucked into a great job.
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.
luck upon, to come across by chance: to luck upon a profitable investment.
down on one's luck, in unfortunate circumstances; unlucky: She hated to see her old friend so down on her luck.
in luck, lucky; fortunate: We were in luck, for the bakery was still open.
luck of the draw, the luck one has in or as if in drawing cards.
out of luck, unlucky; unfortunate: When it comes to getting World Series tickets, we're usually out of luck.
push one's luck, Informal. to try to make too much of an opportunity; go too far. Also, crowd one's luck.

1400–50; late Middle English luk < Middle Dutch luc, aphetic form of gelucke; cognate with G. Glück Unabridged
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luck (lʌk)
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

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
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