the third time is the charm

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the third time is the charm

US
used to say that two efforts at something have already failed but perhaps the third will be successful

Word by Word Definitions

third play
  1. : being next after the second in place or time

  2. : ranking next after the second of a grade or degree in authority or precedence

  3. : being the forward speed or gear next higher than second especially in a motor vehicle

  1. : one that is number three in a series — see Table of Numbers

  2. : one that is next after second in rank, position, authority, or precedence

  3. : one of three equal parts of something

time play
  1. : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : duration

  2. : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

  3. : leisure

  1. : to arrange or set the time of : schedule

  2. : to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

  3. : to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. : of or relating to time

  2. : recording time

  3. : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment

charm play
  1. : the chanting or reciting of a magic spell : incantation

  2. : a practice or expression believed to have magic power

  3. : something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune : amulet

  1. : to affect by or as if by magic : compel

  2. : to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction

  3. : to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms


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