- An unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck: their victory was a bit of a flukeMore example sentences
- Contrary to what Bettman might think, a fluke occurrence can not be used as precedent: after all, a fluke occurrence is by definition rare.
- We would say, in fact, that B's failure to castle was a fluke, bad luck with the random number generator.
- Luck, in the sense of a fluke occurrence, had nothing to do with it.
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- Achieve (something) by luck rather than skill.More example sentences
- I played very loose in contrast to the rest of the night's play and got ahead quite quickly thanks to fluking four of a kind early on.
- West Ham gave it both barrels, as they say in cockney crime caper films, but somehow Liverpool fluked another trophy thanks to Steven Gerrard's heroics.
- For some in his side, Scotland simply fluked a win that condemned their country to only a second defeat in 17 matches.
mid 19th century (originally a term in games such as billiards denoting a lucky stroke): perhaps a dialect word.
- 1A parasitic flatworm which typically has suckers and hooks for attachment to the host. Some species are of veterinary or medical importance.More example sentences
- In Asia the species is known to host parasitic lung flukes, which can infect humans if the crabs are eaten undercooked.
- The medically important flatworms are further divided into the flukes and tapeworms (Cestoda).
- Primary common bile duct stones are more common in Asian populations because of the increased prevalence of flukes and parasitic infections, such as clonorchiasis, fascioliasis and ascariasis.
- 2chiefly • dialect or North American A flatfish, especially a flounder.More example sentences
- With flounder, sole, fluke, turbot, halibut, bass, trout, John Dory or orange roughy, we must tread lightly, especially with regard to bitterness.
- Seafood specialties like halibut, fluke, and grouper and the unique world of micro greens have done much to influence his opinion of American food culture.
- The fluke, a flatfish similar to flounder, scratched that special itch for me.
Old English flōc (in (sense 2)), of Germanic origin; related to German flach 'flat'.
- 1A broad triangular plate on the arm of an anchor.More example sentences
- Hanging from the centre of the dome is an anchor shape with red and green lanterns at the end of the anchor flukes.
- On Vanderlin, rubbish left by Asiatics: a wooden anchor with one fluke, three boat rudders of violet wood, remains of blue cotton trousers.
- At Zephyros, in 30m of water, the flukes of a sizeable anchor are visible, the chain running along the base of a cliff which rises spectacularly some 10m off the seabed.
- 2Either of the lobes of a whale’s tail.More example sentences
- And often the tail fluke of a whale or the back fin of a dolphin will show as a dark patch against the paler surface of the sea.
- He said the sculpture would depict a whale with its flukes, or tail, raised in the air but could not say what size the sculpture would be.
- Calambokidis' team has photographed and recognized around 1,500 blue whales by tail fluke and back markings.
mid 16th century: perhaps from fluke2 (because of the shape).