luck of the draw

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Etymology[edit]

A allusion to the random manner in which playing cards are distributed or "drawn" in many card games.

Noun[edit]

luck of the draw (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) The random production of favorable or unfavorable results; chance.
    • 1973, Sheila Sutcliffe, Martello Towers, ISBN 9780838613139, p. 63:
      [A] dry ditch or moat . . . should have been constructed around towers in particularly exposed or vulnerable positions but in some cases it seems that they were selected by the luck of the draw.
    • 1996 May 21, Carey Goldberg, "Best-Selling Author, but Not at Home," New York Times (retrieved 8 June 2013):
      [I]s it merely the luck of the draw that turns some novels into blockbusters and others of equal merit into also-rans?
    • 2005 August 10, "What You Need to Know on Smoking and Lung Cancer," Time:
      If you've never been a smoker and you develop lung cancer, how did you get it? Is it genetics, environment, radon, luck of the draw?

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