- luck1 W3S2 [lʌk] n [U]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(success)¦2 bad luck3¦(chance)¦4 with (any) luck/with a bit of luck5 wish somebody (the best of) luck6 good luck/best of luck7 good luck to somebody8 any luck?/no luck?9 be in luck10 be out of luck11 do something for luck12 just my luck13 no such luck14 better luck next time15 as luck would have it16 try/chance your luck17 be down on your luck18 the luck of the draw19 some people have all the luck20 bad/hard/tough luck21 with/knowing somebody's luck22 worse luck23 luck is on somebody's side24 (one) for luck▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1400-1500; : Middle Dutch; Origin: luk]1.) ¦(SUCCESS)¦ also good luckgood things that happen to you by chance▪ You're not having much luck today, are you?▪ Owen has had no luck with job-hunting.▪ He's had good luck with his roses this year.▪ We had the luck to find good childcare quite quickly.▪ I couldn't believe my luck when he showed an interest in me.▪ It was sheer luck that we were saved from drowning.▪ It was an incredible piece of luck .▪ By a stroke of luck , she had spotted the book on a colleague's bookshelf.▪ Often there is an element of luck in getting the right answer.▪ It was just dumb luck that no one got hurt.see usage note ↑chance12.) bad luckthe bad things that happen to someone by chance, not because of something they did▪ Bad luck seems to follow me everywhere.▪ I've had nothing but bad luck since I moved to this town.▪ Lend me some money; I've had a run of bad luck (=a series of bad things happened) on the horses recently,3.) ¦(CHANCE)¦when good or bad things happen to people by chance▪ You never know who you'll get as a roommate; it's just a matter of luck .▪ Roulette is a game of luck.see usage note ↑chance14.) with (any) luck/with a bit of luckspoken if things happen in the way that you want= ↑hopefully▪ With a bit of luck, you might get a flight tomorrow.5.) wish sb (the best of) luckto tell someone that you hope they will be successful in something they are going to do▪ She wished me luck in the exam, then left.6.) good luck/best of luckspoken used to tell someone that you hope they will be successful in something they are going to do▪ Good luck in this enormous project you are undertaking.7.) good luck to sbspoken used to say that you do not mind what someone does, because it does not affect you▪ I say, good luck to him.8.) any luck?/no luck?spoken used to ask someone if they have succeeded in doing something▪ 'Oh, there you are. Any luck?' 'No, I didn't catch a single fish.'9.) be in luckto be able to do or get something, especially when you did not expect to▪ You're in luck - it's stopped snowing.10.) be out of luckto be prevented from getting or doing something by bad luck▪ The team were out of luck again at Scarborough on Saturday.11.) do sth for luckto do something because you think it might bring you good luck▪ She crossed her fingers for luck.12.) just my luckspoken used to say that you are not surprised something bad has happened to you, because you are usually unlucky▪ I didn't get to the phone in time. Just my luck!13.) no such luckspoken used to say you are disappointed, because something good that you hoped would happen did not happen▪ 'Have you Sunday off?' 'No such luck.'14.) better luck next timeused to say that you hope someone will be more successful the next time they try to do something15.) as luck would have itused to say that something happened by chance▪ As luck would have it, my best friend is the most wonderful cook in the world.16.) try/chance your luckto do something because you hope you will be successful, even though you know you may not be▪ After the war my father went to Canada to try his luck at farming there.17.) be down on your luckto have no money because you have had a lot of bad luck over a long period of time▪ When someone is down on their luck, friends are very difficult to find.18.) the luck of the drawthe result of chance rather than something you can control19.) some people have all the luckspoken used to say that you wish you had what someone else has20.) bad/hard/tough luckspoken especially BrE used to express sympathy when something unpleasant has happened to someone→tough luck at ↑tough1 (7)21.) with/knowing sb's luckspoken used to say that you expect something bad to happen to someone because bad things often do happen to them▪ With my luck, I'd lose if I backed the only horse in a one horse race.22.) worse luckBrE spoken unfortunately▪ 'Would your boyfriend like a drink?' 'He's not my boyfriend, worse luck!'23.) luck is on sb's sideif luck is on someone's side, things go well for them▪ Luck was on my side; all the traffic lights were green.24.) (one) for luckspoken used when you take, add, or do something for no particular reason, or in order to say that you hope good things happen→push your luck at ↑push1 (12)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1not have much/any luckhave no luckhave good luckhave more/better luckhave the luck to do somethingcan't believe your lucksheer luck (=used to emphasize something happened only by luck)a piece of lucka stroke of luck (=very good luck)an element of luck (=used to say that luck is involved in something)dumb luck American English (=good luck that happens by chance, without you planning it at all)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).▬▬▬▬▬▬▬luck 2luck2 vluck out phr vAmE informal to be lucky▪ Yeah, we really lucked out and got a parking space right in front.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.