Definition of third time lucky in US English:

third time lucky


  • Used to express the hope that, after twice failing to accomplish something, one may succeed in the third attempt.

    • ‘They have been there twice before but hope this time they will make it third time lucky.’
    • ‘He is now hoping it will be third time lucky at the Masters after going out in the last 64 on his two previous visits.’
    • ‘I've applied to be manager twice before so let's hope it is going to be third time lucky.’
    • ‘This was my third official visit and I was hoping it would be my third time lucky as each of the previous occasions had disappointed.’
    • ‘A leading York Liberal Democrat is hoping to make it third time lucky and become the city's MP at the next general election.’
    • ‘They will be hoping to make it third time lucky against Oulton having already lost to them twice this season, away in the league and at home in the Challenge Cup.’
    • ‘He relishes the prospect of making a third appearance on this famous ground and hopes it will be a case of third time lucky.’
    • ‘The Knights will be hoping it's third time lucky against Doncaster next Sunday having already played them twice this season.’
    • ‘‘We've put ourselves in a good position to take the title this year, let's hope it's third time lucky,’ he said.’
    • ‘Having lost narrowly to Hull twice, Wakefield are looking to make it third time lucky against them tomorrow.’