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phrase origin "lucky break"

 
 
Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 03:36 pm
I am curious where the phrase "lucky break" comes from. I was thinking it might have come from playing pool or billiards.

I'm not sure if this forum is the right place to ask this question, if not perhaps someone could suggest another site?

thanks
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 03:38 pm
@supertrooper,
Etymology is hard, and many often get it wrong, so take any etymological claim with a grain of salt, it's hard to figure out just when a word or idiom came about and plenty of bad guesses.

That being said the etymology for "lucky break" that I have read says it does in fact refer to the ancient game of pool or billiards.
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neologist
 
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Reply Thu 19 May, 2016 05:01 pm
@supertrooper,
Welcome to a2k, Super.
Looks like you hit the answer in just a few minutes.
So this must be the right place.
Lucky break, eh?
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