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adjective     unlucky pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    if you are unlucky, something bad happens to you, or something good does not happen, especially by chance

    Normally we can get tickets but this year we were unlucky.

    unlucky with:

    The fishing boats have been unlucky with the weather.

    1. a.
      used when the bad thing that happens seems unfair

      The French team were unlucky not to win.

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    2. b.
      used about someone to whom bad things often happen

      an unlucky family

  2. 2
    used for describing something that is believed to make bad things happen

    Thirteen is supposed to be an unlucky number.

    It’s unlucky to walk under ladders.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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