Luck Of The Draw

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Meaning of Idiom 'Luck of the Draw'

Luck of the draw refers to something being the result of chance. When something is the luck of the draw, you have no control over it, and must simply accept it.


"I really wish I wasn't on guard duty tonight," said the soldier. "It's gonna be below freezing!" "It's the luck of the draw," said his buddy. "Just go with it."

"I can't believe I got paired up with Victor again," said Greg. "Luck of the draw…" replied Kelly,


Used since the late 1800's, this idiom might seem to have derived from poker, where players draw cards to build a winning hand, it actually comes from random lottery or raffle drawings, where a player wins if his number is chosen.

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