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Old November 07, 2009, 01:02 PM
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Perhaps you could also say 'to get lucky' (eventhough this is obviously often used predominantly in sexual contexts.. .. also it kind of lacks the 'right away/ straight away' component, but I guess you could say ' I got lucky right away'.)
"To strike it lucky" significa más o menos lo mismo salvo que sin las connotaciones sexuales.

"He didn't have to queue" bastaría en muchos contextos. (Sólo si se supone que normalmente hay una cola literal).
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"To strike it lucky" significa más o menos lo mismo salvo que sin las connotaciones sexuales.
Good addition.

Just out of curiosity, this 'strikes' (to stick with the theme ..'strike' also being an interesting word in terms of said 'sexual connotations' ) me to be a British expression especially, or is it also used (i.e. equally frequently) by American English natives?
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To strike it lucky is also used in America, according to my sources.

To strike it rich is a phrase I tend to hear more often. Both sayings can be used to describe a sudden, unexpected windfall of some sort, but they also have their respective differences in meaning.
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To strike it lucky is also used in America, according to my sources.

To strike it rich is a phrase I tend to hear more often. Both sayings can be used to describe a sudden, unexpected windfall of some sort, but they also have their respective differences in meaning.
Ok thanx Rusty!

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By the way what is it with sports/baseball and sexual references? (strike (out), score, second/third base etc..? )
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Can anybody give an example with strike it lucky and windfall, I got lost. Thanks
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Can anybody give an example with strike it lucky and windfall, I got lost. Thanks
I decided to try playing poker last night, and I struck it lucky. (= I won a lot)
I applied for all kinds of jobs and I struck it lucky (=I found a brilliant job)

My neighbour had a windfall today, he won the lottery.
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Just out of curiosity, this 'strikes' (to stick with the theme ..'strike' also being an interesting word in terms of said 'sexual connotations' ) me to be a British expression especially, or is it also used (i.e. equally frequently) by American English natives?
¿En serio? No lo conozco con esas connotaciones.

Creo que las dos frases ("to strike it lucky" y "to strike it rich") tienen sus orígenes en las minerías: golpeas (golpear strike) con tu pico y das con una vena de oro o de diamantes. Eso requiere mucha suerte y te puede hacer rico (aunque en California en el 1849 los que si se hicieron ricos eran los vendedores de picos y de comida).
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¿En serio? No lo conozco con esas connotaciones.

Creo que las dos frases ("to strike it lucky" y "to strike it rich") tienen sus orígenes en las minerías: golpeas (golpear strike) con tu pico y das con una vena de oro o de diamantes. Eso requiere mucha suerte y te puede hacer rico (aunque en California en el 1849 los que si se hicieron ricos eran los vendedores de picos y de comida).
Muy interesante, tiene sentido!

Yes I think I have heard/seen 'strike' used in these contexts a few times (in tv-series anyway ). Perhaps it's more the 'slang' use but for instance 'to strike out' when a woman (or man) turns you down or e.g. in the sense of masturbation.

strike the pink match:
Jocular coinage for male masturbation .

http://www.sex-lexis.com/Sex-Diction...20pink%20match

(See also Urban Dictionary for a few other references).
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Muy interesante, tiene sentido!

Yes I think I have heard/seen 'strike' used in these contexts a few times (in tv-series anyway ). Perhaps it's more the 'slang' use but for instance 'to strike out' when a woman (or man) turns you down or e.g. in the sense of masturbation.

strike the pink match:
Jocular coinage for male masturbation .

http://www.sex-lexis.com/Sex-Diction...20pink%20match

(See also Urban Dictionary for a few other references).
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