three time's a charm

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed Jan 14 05:14:48 UTC 2004

Try "third time's a charm" or "third time's the charm" or "third time is a
charm" or "third time is the charm". I see examples back to 1880 at
N'archive. Possibly there's something in the OED or ....

To me the expression means "on the third try one gets lucky" or something
like that.

-- Doug Wilson

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