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lucky

adjective
     
luck‧y S2 W3 comparative luckier, superlative luckiest
1 having good luck [= fortunate; ≠ unlucky]
be lucky to do/be something
The children were lucky to survive the fire which destroyed their home.
lucky enough to do something
those of us lucky enough to own our own homes
lucky if
I'll be lucky if I get any of my money back.
lucky (that)
I was tremendously lucky that I didn't die in the accident.
lucky with
We've been very lucky with the weather.
count/consider/think yourself lucky
Count yourself lucky you've got a husband like Jack.
see usage note luck1
2 resulting from good luck:
I didn't really know your name - it was just a lucky guess.
A middle-aged woman had a lucky escape when a tree crashed down onto her car.
it is lucky (that)
It's lucky that no-one was hurt.
3 bringing good luck:
a lucky charm
4

lucky you/me etc

spoken used to say that someone is fortunate to be able to do something:
'My husband's a rich man, and devoted to me.' 'Lucky you.'
5

be somebody's lucky day

spoken used to say that something good and often unexpected will happen to someone:
We're going to win. I just know it's our lucky day
6

you'll/you'd be lucky

spoken used to tell someone that what they want probably will not happen:
'£50 should be enough.' 'You'll be lucky!'
7

I/you should be so lucky!

spoken used to tell someone that what they want is not likely to happen, especially because it is unreasonable:
You want three weeks holiday? You should be so lucky!

➔ strike it lucky

at strike1 (19)

➔ thank your lucky stars

at thank (3)

➔ third time lucky

at third1 (2)
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

luck, lucky
!! Do not say that someone 'has luck'. Say they are lucky I was lucky (NOT I had luck) and got to the airport just in time. You're so lucky to live by the sea. You can use 'have' with luck only when luck has something before it such as 'bad', 'good', 'much', 'any' 'a bit of' etc He's had a lot of bad luck recently. Did you have any luck finding your bag? If we have a bit of luck, we'll see her before she leaves.GRAMMAR!! luck is an uncountable noun Winning was mostly a matter of luck. Do not say 'a luck'. To talk about one lucky event you can say a piece of luck, a bit of luck, or a stroke of luck Seeing him at that moment was an amazing piece of luck (NOT an amazing luck).See also luck

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