One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of the success of a plan or event) depending on factors that one cannot control; open to chance.
out of one's hands, beyond one's control, in the hands of fate, open to chance, not one's responsibilityView synonyms
- ‘It's all in the lap of the gods and we shall sit back and wait patiently, enjoying the summer and improving our shining hours as best we may.’
- ‘At this stage who plays and who doesn't is all in the lap of the gods.’
- ‘It's in the lap of the gods at the moment but hopefully he will be with us on Saturday.’
- ‘Whatever happens now is in the lap of the gods and the council.’
- ‘The club had been investigating the possibility of bringing in covers to protect the pitch from the elements tonight, but if this is not possible the match would be in the lap of the gods.’
- ‘He will still be in the swimming pool or on the bikes so there will certainly be enough for him to do, but we're in the lap of the gods with it a little bit and we're just hoping he'll be alright.’
- ‘And it is for those two reasons that Ellen admits her next record attempt planned for November is firmly in the lap of the gods.’
- ‘Whether it will lead to anything is in the lap of the gods.’
- ‘However much rehearsal she may have done, she knows that the final few per cent of inspiration's in the lap of the gods, and it's that which gives the event its compulsive thrill.’
- ‘We are in the lap of the gods as to when the air space is opened.’
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