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

be in (or out of) luck


  • Be fortunate (or unfortunate).

    • ‘The home side were out of luck in the one-day competitions as well.’
    • ‘He was in luck - staff pointed out the ‘Y’ beside it stood for ‘Yes’.’
    • ‘They must have looked in before, and this time they were in luck.’
    • ‘If the wreath stuck, they were in luck and their husbands would be good.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though of course if you didn't want the dented ones, you 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other 173 members of the list will be out of luck.’
    • ‘But without a certificate, the owner was out of luck.’
    • ‘We were in luck, the doors magically opened for us.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the average unemployed American is out of luck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If it vibrates the same way, then you might be out of luck.’
    • ‘He was in luck and the hotel agreed to cater for 2,000 guests, who came from as far away as Pakistan.’
    • ‘Later they were out of luck when Camross beat them in the quarter finals.’
    • ‘On this occasion, though, they were out of luck.’
    fortunate, lucky, blessed, favoured, born under a lucky star
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