Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. Luck is, by definition, something that is out of our control. La fortuna è per definizione qualcosa di incontrollabile. I had the luck to be the first in line for the tickets. Ho avuto la fortuna di essere il primo in coda per i biglietti. Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause–for example, “come quickly,” “very rare,” “happening now,” “fall down. As luck would have it, the bus was late too, so I managed to catch it after all. As luck would have it, the strike started the day I was due to fly out on holiday.
We suffered a lot of bad luck with the weather. Abbiamo avuto molta sfortuna con il tempo. I heard you failed your driving test. Ho sentito che non hai passato l’esame di guida. Joe attributed his success to beginner’s luck. Joe ha attribuito il suo successo alla fortuna del principiante. Best of luck interjinterjection: Exclamation–for example, “Oh no! Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb–for example, “put their heads together,” “come to an end. Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression–for example, “behind the times,” “on your own.
Describes a noun or pronoun–for example, “a tall girl,” “an interesting book,” “a big house. My win at chess was down to luck, rather than skill. It’s down to luck now whether we get there on time. It was such good luck that I ran into him yesterday. This item brings me good luck. Many people carry a rabbit’s foot or four-leaf clover for a good luck charm. Molta gente porta con sé una zampa di coniglio o un quadrifoglio come portafortuna. Tired of all the hard-luck updates her friend kept posting on social media, Tania unfriended him. The man told us a hard-luck story, before asking us for money. Some people have all the luck.
Certa gente ha tutte le fortune. You’re in luck: there’s just one ticket left for the concert. Sei fortunato, è rimasto giusto un biglietto per il concerto. There’s no way of guaranteeing you’ll win the lottery – it’s just the luck of the draw. After they fought, they made up. We really lucked out with these front-row seats! Siamo stati davvero fortunati a trovare questi posti in prima fila! Ho paura che tu sia sfortunato: non ci sono più biglietti. Sometimes you can choose, but usually it’s pot luck. A volte puoi scegliere, ma di solito c’è solo quello che passa il convento.
Joe brought grilled hotdogs to the potluck party, and I brought dessert. Alla cena dove ogni ospite doveva portare una pietanza, Joe arrivò con hot dog grigliati e io con il dessert. The lack of snow for the Winter Olympics was rotten luck. La mancanza di neve durante le Olimpiadi Invernali è stata davvero una sfortuna. Si è rotta una gamba pochi giorni prima del grande saggio di danza. By a stroke of luck, I found a parking space on the crowded street. It was a stroke of luck that brought us together. Con un colpo di fortuna ho trovato un parcheggio in una strada affollata.
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