|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?
|fat chance!||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!
|free ride||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.
|off-chance||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.
|anyone’s call||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.
|pot luck||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.
|murphy’s law||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!’
|sitting pretty||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.
|strike gold||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!
|vested interest||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.