Definition of the luck of the draw in US English:

the luck of the draw

phrase

  • The outcome of chance rather than something one can control.

    ‘quality of care depends largely on the luck of the draw’
    • ‘It's the luck of the draw: where you are born, where you live, and what culture you identify with will have everything to do with your perceptions.’
    • ‘The way I am performing I am confident of getting a medal, but it could depend on the luck of the draw.’
    • ‘Ideally, you also want to be drawn at home but it is very much the luck of the draw.’
    • ‘The affluent minority, meanwhile, acknowledge that their good fortune is at least in part the luck of the draw.’
    • ‘But enforcement and justice around simple possession still has a lot to do with the luck of the draw: charges and sentencing can vary among and within police jurisdictions.’
    • ‘The great fear was being picked up by the wrong side and shot - it was just the luck of the draw.’
    • ‘I just went through an inane complete search of all my belongings, just by the luck of the draw as I went through security in Phoenix.’
    • ‘In the past those big clubs have accepted that it's the luck of the draw and simply asked fans without tickets to stay away.’
    • ‘If ever a team deserved to get the luck of the draw, it was Exeter.’
    • ‘It was the luck of the draw, but old habits die hard, and football will have to work very hard to win back some of the funding currently invested in basketball.’