lightning never strikes (the same place) twice

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lightning never strikes (the same place) twice

used to say that a very unusual event is not likely to happen again to the same person or in the same place
  • The team was lucky to get that win but may not do as well next time. Lightning never strikes twice.

Word by Word Definitions

lightning play
  1. : the flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity

  2. : a sudden stroke of fortune

  1. : having or moving with or as if with the speed and suddenness of lightning

  1. : to discharge a flash of lightning

never play
  1. : not ever : at no time

  2. : not in any degree : not under any condition

strike play strikes
  1. : to take a course : go

  2. : to aim and usually deliver a blow, stroke, or thrust (as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool)

  3. : to arrive with detrimental effect

  1. : a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold)

  2. : an act or instance of striking

  3. : a work stoppage by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer

same play
  1. : resembling in every relevant respect

  2. : conforming in every respect

  3. : being one without addition, change, or discontinuance : identical

  1. : something identical with or similar to another

  2. : something or someone previously mentioned or described

  1. : in the same manner

place play
  1. : physical environment : space

  2. : a way for admission or transit

  3. : physical surroundings : atmosphere

  1. : to put in or as if in a particular place or position : set

  2. : to present for consideration

  3. : to put in a particular state

twice play
  1. : on two occasions

  2. : two times : in doubled quantity or degree


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