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The supposed principle that future events are likely to turn out so that they balance any past deviation from a presumed average.‘the law of averages suggests it is Arsenal's turn to beat their neighbours’
- ‘This is Dublin's third final in four years at this level and on the law of averages, they are due a win.’
- ‘This certainly goes against the established law of averages.’
- ‘With the regularity and volume of drugs and treatment that I undergo, the law of averages would suggest that a mistake could be made.’
- ‘Given the small slice of the population these privileged backgrounds represent, we have here a spectacular breakdown in the law of averages.’
- ‘Most of what you hear, however, will be pretty mundane, given the law of averages and the general human tendency to lose track of our thoughts halfway to completing them.’
- ‘Over the next month we will be hearing rather a lot, yet again, about those 99 years, the law of averages, and luck.’
- ‘Just by the law of averages, everyone who went to Eton isn't useless and everyone who went to a comprehensive isn't a brilliant statesman and champion of ‘the people’.’
- ‘Well, but that's called coincidence or that's called by the nature of law of averages.’
- ‘Of course, with the law of averages, not every winter can be a white one, but it would appear that three mild ones in a row is unheard of; therefore, is the climate changing?’
- ‘Of course, you're not going to know who those other people are; but by the law of averages, if there are thousands, then one of them may be someone you know very well.’
- ‘He took over a bunch of players that was accustomed to losing, but expected, on the law of averages, to win one day.’
- ‘Will you, as the publisher, ascribe this phenomenon (as it should properly be ascribed) to sheer luck - the working of the law of averages?’
- ‘If they did it once, the law of averages most likely would favor them doing it a second time.’
- ‘Perhaps, but it'll more likely be the law of averages, a destiny thing, a twist of fate.’
- ‘Above all, though, first round day is when the law of averages is more likely to favour lower pedigree opposition maintaining the FA Cup's shock factor.’
- ‘Because they know they have to lose, it's the law of averages.’
- ‘The defector is a shifty character from the world of mathematics known as regression to the mean - or in humbler circles the law of averages.’
- ‘You would have thought, on the law of averages, it was England's turn to succeed.’
- ‘‘I should be gone out of here, by the law of averages,’ he said.’
- ‘And by the law of averages, they're going to get one through.’
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