there is luck in odd numbers

A superstition similar to that in third time lucky. Cf. VIRGIL Eclogues viii. 75 numero deus impare gaudet, the god delights in an uneven number.

1598 SHAKESPEARE Merry Wives of Windsor v. i. 3 This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers.

1837 S. LOVER Rory O’More I. (title-page) ‘There’s luck in odd numbers,’ says Rory O’More.

1883 J. PAYN Thicker than Water I. i. She was..by no means averse to a third experiment in matrimony... ‘There was luck in odd numbers.’

1963 N. FITZGERALD Day of Adder i. You can make that five then... There’s luck in odd numbers.


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