Definition of be in (or out of) luck in English:

be in (or out of) luck


  • Be fortunate (or unfortunate)

    ‘I was in luck—the lift was working’
    • ‘They must have looked in before, and this time they were in luck.’
    • ‘The other 173 members of the list will be out of luck.’
    • ‘But without a certificate, the owner was out of luck.’
    • ‘If the wreath stuck, they were in luck and their husbands would be good.’
    • ‘On this occasion, though, they were out of luck.’
    • ‘If it vibrates the same way, then you might be out of luck.’
    • ‘We were in luck, we had made it with half an hour to spare.’
    • ‘We were in luck, my test was negative, so again I did not have to make the horrendous choice.’
    • ‘If you woke freezing in the morning, realising you needed a bag of coal and a loaf of white bread, you were out of luck.’
    • ‘When he brought out the large helmet, it was my turn to look dubious, but I was in luck because the helmet was also much larger than it looked.’
    • ‘Though of course if you didn't want the dented ones, you were out of luck.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the average unemployed American is out of luck.’
    • ‘He was in luck - staff pointed out the ‘Y’ beside it stood for ‘Yes’.’
    • ‘He said all his players had followed his instruction and had displayed high individual skills to earn points but the team was out of luck.’
    • ‘We were in luck, the doors magically opened for us.’
    • ‘He was in luck and the hotel agreed to cater for 2,000 guests, who came from as far away as Pakistan.’
    • ‘The home side were out of luck in the one-day competitions as well.’
    • ‘Later they were out of luck when Camross beat them in the quarter finals.’
    • ‘We were hoping to see a fight to the death between a Great White shark and a Southern Right whale, but we were out of luck.’
    • ‘Firstly, anyone wishing to get on or off in the smaller towns along the route such as Squamish, Lillooet, or Williams Lake, will be out of luck.’
    fortunate, lucky, blessed, favoured, born under a lucky star
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