An unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck: their victory was a bit of a fluke
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
1A broad triangular plate on the arm of an anchor.
- 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.
- 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).