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nahodilý / náhodný
nápomocný / pomocný / nástrojový
prokletý / přinášející smůlu / uhranutý
lucky charm
záhyb / vinout se / odbíhat od tématu
nehoda / nepříjemnost
take pot luck
to take whatever happens to be available, eg as an unexpected guest at a meal-time.
přihodit se / ukázat se / vyjít najevo
vzácný / nedostatkový
chance upon
find or see someone or something when you did not expect to
cut back (on)
reduce the amount of something, especially money that you spend
die out
become weaker or less common and then disappear completely
dig up
remove something from under the ground by digging; dig holes in an area of land; find information by searching carefully
kill off
destroy living things so that most or all of them are dead
put down to
if you put something down to a particular reason, you think it has happened for that reason
slip up
make a careless mistake
spring up
appear or be produced suddenly and quickly
throw up
produce something new or unexpected; cause something such as dust or water to rise into the air
an act of God
an event such as flood, lightning or an earthquake that is produced by natural forces, and that people have no control over
come rain or shine
used for saying that something always happens or someone always does something despite bad weather or difficult conditions
down on your luck
having a long period of difficulty finding work and earning money
draw the short straw
be chosen to do something unpleasant
have green fingers
be good at growing plants
let nature take its course
allow something to develop without trying to influence it
no rhyme or reason
used for emphasising that there is no reason or explanation for something
out of the blue
happening in a way that is sudden and unexpected, and does not seem connected with anything that happened before
the luck of the draw
used for saying people have limited control over what life brings them
touch wood
used when you have said that you have had good luck in order to prevent bad luck from happening to you
by dint of
pomocí čeho / díky čemu
poryv / závan / průvan
daňový odhadce / přísedící / posuzovatel
uniknout / vyhnout se
překonat / zdolat