phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Third time lucky

Posted by ESC on December 09, 2001 at

In Reply to: Third time lucky posted by P on December 09, 2001

: : can someone help me with with research on the number three for example three wiseman, three blind mice three's a crowd

: There's a saying 'third time lucky'. My own theory about this is that it's not luck that makes a third attempt successful, but rather a matter of learning from past errors. Take for example aiming at a target, the first shot may miss to the left, the second correction shot may miss to the right, but now the knowledge of the correct adjustment to make is known and the third shot hits its intended target (not by luck but by knowledge learned from the previous two shots.)

Or "third time's the charm."