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luck in, luck out

Today, contrary to logic, the informal expression luck out means to be in luck.

  • I really lucked out when I found that six-room apartment for only $300 a month.

Very few people now use the older expression luck in (dating from the Second World War) to mean to have good luck, with its opposite luck out meaning to have bad luck.

However, you should avoid confusion by using lucky or unlucky, fortunate or unfortunate to express what you mean.