out of luck


: unlucky in a particular instance
We hoped we could still get tickets, but we were out of luck—they had all been sold.

Examples of out of luck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Americans hoping to profit from a similar rise in their savings accounts rates have been out of luck this year. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 23 Sep. 2022 Those of us who are hoping for a quiet night are out of luck! Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 31 Mar. 2022 Looks like anyone hoping to keep Apple’s 2017 lineup up to date for one more year is out of luck. Wes Davis, The Verge, 7 June 2023 And the 800 guests that were expecting to gather in Bethesda Terrace in Central Park for samples from some 40 restaurants are also out of luck. Amanda Gordon, Fortune, 7 June 2023 However, slots are only available between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., which means that those taking early morning or evening flights are out of luck. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 June 2023 But anyone hoping to get lessons from Block will have to wait or may already be out of luck. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 25 May 2023 Besides a college football or basketball game on TV on Saturday afternoons—and there were never more than one—and two NFL games on Sunday, sports fans were out of luck. Ike Brannon, Forbes, 6 Feb. 2023 Owners can option to have Apple CarPlay capability, but Android users are out of luck. Frankie Cruz, Car and Driver, 20 Jan. 2023

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“Out of luck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20luck. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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