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adjective unlucky pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈlʌki/
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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. 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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