|fall into one’s lap
||If something good falls into your lap, it happens to you without any effort on your part.
She’s not making much effort to find work. Does she think a job is going to fall into her lap?
||The expression fat chance is used to indicate that something is not very likely to happen.
The boss is thinking of me for the job? Fat chance!
||Someone who gets a free ride benefits from a collective activity without participating in it.
Only those who share the work can share the benefits – nobody gets a free ride!
|get a second bite at the cherry
||This expression means that you get a second opportunity to do or try something.
He was eliminated in the semi-finals, but he’ll get a second bite at the cherry next year.
||If you do something on the off chance, you think there might be a slight possibility of success.
I went into the supermarket on the off chance that I would find a map.
||This expression is used when the result of a contest or election is difficult to predict.
“Who do you think will win?” “It’s anyone’s call.”
|jump on bandwagon
||If a person or organization jumps on the bandwagon, they decide to seize the opportunity and do something when it is already successful or fashionable.
When organic food became popular, certain stores were quick to jump on the bandwagon and promote it.
|luck of the draw
||To refer to something that happens as the luck of the draw means that it is the result of pure chance, with no possibility of choice.
The samples distributed varied in size and value; it was the luck of the draw.
||If you take pot luck, you accept whatever is available without knowing what it will be like.
We were so hungry we decided to take pot luck and stopped at the first restaurant we saw.
|make hay while the sun shines
||This expression is used as an encouragement to take advantage of a good situation which may not last.
Successful athletes are advised to make hay while the sun shines.
|more by accident than by design
||Something which happens more by accident than (by) design is done without deliberate intention.
I became an interperter more by accident than design; nobody else could speak the language of the refugees.
||Referring to Murphy’s law expresses a sentiment of bad luck and the idea that if anything can go wrong, it will.
We’ve tried to prepare for every possible incident, but remember Murphy’s law …!
|play a waiting game
||If you play a waiting game, you deliberately delay taking action in order to be able to act more effectively later.
The cat keeps its eye on the bird, carefully playing a waiting game.
|push one’s luck
||If you push your luck, you try to get more than what you have already obtained and risk spoiling the situation.
You’ve got your father’s permission to go to the concert. Don’t push your luck by trying to borrow his ca
|that ship has sailed
||The expression ‘that ship has sailed’ means that a particular opportunity has passed by and now it’s too late.
‘Is the offer still open?’ ‘Sorry, that ship has sailed – you missed your chance!’
||Someone who is sitting pretty is in a good or fortunate situation, especially compared to others who are not so lucky.
He sold his shares at a good time so he’s now sitting pretty and enjoying life.
||If you strike gold, you find exactly what you need : satisfaction, wealth, happiness, etc.
I think she struck gold this time in her new job. It suits her perfectly.
|strike while the iron is hot
||If you strike while the iron is hot, you act immediately because now is the ideal time to do it.
The price of property has dropped. It’s a good time to buy. You should strike while the iron is hot.
|strike (it) lucky
||When someone strikes it lucky, they run into good luck.
We had a sunny week in Scotland – we struck it lucky!
|tomorrow’s another day
||This expression means that even if everything is not satisfactory at present, there will be opportunity for things to improve.
For the moment you need some rest; tomorrow’s another day.
|touch wood/knock on wood
||This humorous expression, based on superstition, is used to avoid bad luck, often while touching something made of wood.
The order will be confirmed shortly – touch wood!
||If you have a vested interested in a situation or event, you expect to benefit or gain an advantage from it.
Tony has a vested interest in Fred’s promotion; he hopes to get his job!
|waiting in the wings
||If someone is waiting in the wings, they are waiting for an opportunity to take action, especially to replace someone else in their job or position.
There are many young actors waiting in the wings ready to show their talent.
|while the going is good
||If you take action while the going is good, you do something before the situation changes and it is no longer possible.
There’s a 50% discount on subscriptions this month. I think I’ll subscribe while the going is good.