Posted by: Idioma Extra | March 12, 2014

Grammar Guru

Idioms with Luck


We have posted these before, but because Monday is St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to post them again! Review the idioms and take the comprehension quiz that follows.

Idioms are one of the hardest things to understand and learn in a non-native language, but they are also what help speakers sound more natural. Check out just a few of the English idioms that use the word luck.

Definition of luck: noun; having good fortune

Luck outto have had good fortune come upon someone unexpectedly

Example: Lena was late for her flight and almost missed it, but she lucked out when she found out it was delayed.

Similar idiom: in luck (Lena was in luck when she found out her flight was delayed.)

Down on one’s luckto have a lot of bad luck in a short period of time

Example: James lost his job, crashed his car, and broke up with his girlfriend in the same week. He was definitely down on his luck!

Similar idiom: tough luck (used as an exclamation, as in: Tough luck, James!)

Lucky streak: the opposite of down on one’s luck, to have a lot of good luck in a short period of time

Example: Allan was having a lucky streak: he won the lottery and met the love of his life last month.

Push one’s luck: after already being lucky, trying the same thing again to see if one will be lucky again

Example: After winning the lottery, I decided to push my luck and buy another lottery ticket.

Note: Push one’s luck is often used in the negative. Don’t push your luck! would mean to not be greedy with what you are asking.

Just my luck!: something you say when things are going wrong.

Example: So he left five minutes before I got here, did he? Just my luck.

Note: This is often used sarcastically.

Check yourself with the Comprehension Quiz.


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