Definition of Murphy's Law in US English:

Murphy's Law

  • A supposed law of nature, expressed in various humorous popular sayings, to the effect that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

    • ‘But Murphy's Law has reared its ugly but honest head and said: ‘You wanted to be the boss so badly?’’
    • ‘Truly I was the living embodiment of Murphy's Law, snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory every time…’
    • ‘Let me tell you, I am going to call the project ‘Project Murphy’ because I have never seen anything follow Murphy's Law so absolutely.’
    • ‘Of course, it's Murphy's Law that the day before had seen the dramatically craggy Cradle Mountain enjoying one of the thirty or so days a year in which its bathed in glorious sunshine.’
    • ‘I'm just back from a week in what is supposed to be ‘sunny’ Lanzarote, but this being Murphy's Law after all, it was cloudy, cold and rained for the week.’
    • ‘Damned Murphy's Law, the year my batch took their ‘A’ Levels, Chinese wasn't necessary anymore.’
    • ‘Alas Murphy's Law even applied to Saturday's replay as the game, which had a 2 o'clock throw-in, went to extra time after the sides were still deadlocked after a second hour's football.’
    • ‘But since there is something called the Murphy's Law we always keep a contingency plan.’
    • ‘If there were a Murphy's Law of Economic Collapse, it would hold that as jobs disappear and wages plummet, the price of your dream house will skyrocket.’
    • ‘But Murphy's Law tends to prevail in these situations, doesn't it?’
    • ‘This man just loves to blame any random mishap or occurrence of Murphy's Law on people.’
    • ‘For the first time in my life I'm actually keen to go to the doctor - which of course swings Murphy's Law into full effect.’
    • ‘Yes, the famous Murphy's Law is considered to be a basic engineering principle.’
    • ‘The young man who was serving me took my credit card over to the till for swiping, fumbled, and dropped it down the side of the desk where, unerringly following Murphy's Law, it slipped straight down a crack between that desk and the next.’
    • ‘It seemed like a hybrid of the bad luck of Murphy's Law and the drama of a Shakespearean play.’
    • ‘It's classic Murphy's Law though, you see newspapers everywhere, until the day you're actually seeking a specific one, and you never find it.’
    • ‘It was too big for us to step on it and as Murphy's Law dictates, we had no water or anything liquid nearby, we thought the best thing would be to drop some snow on the fire we had on the carpet.’
    • ‘‘I suppose we can thank Murphy's Law for this one,’ grumbled Iris.’
    • ‘Now people who run things, people who design and build buildings, bridges, cars, trucks whatever, the good ones all have one single thing in common - and that's a deep respect for Murphy's Law.’
    • ‘Students of Murphy's Law will instantly see the potential for mayhem.’

Pronunciation

Murphy's Law

/ˌmərfēz ˈlô//ˌmərfiz ˈlɔ/