Cliche of the Week 44 – Lucky Escape

May 9, 2011 at 10:18 am 3 comments

Drivers, fishermen, animals, sports teams and holidaymakers have more than their natural share of escapes tagged “lucky”.

While unlucky escapes aren’t reported, the lucky ones get a mention more than 250 times a week in the global mainstream media:

“A dog had a lucky escape when it was rescued from the sea by a lifeboat crew after plunging more than 150ft down a cliff in East Yorkshire.” (York Press, May 2)

“Three men had a lucky escape after they were found floating almost two miles from Worthing’s coast after 11 hours at sea.” (Worthing Herald, May 1)

“These Easter bunnies had a lucky escape when they were dug out of their warren by accident.” (The Daily Express, April 25)

“The silver Volvo had crashed through some trees and on to the grass, where it caught fire, and the driver had a lucky escape.” (Bath Chronicle, April 28)

“By the time the Rabbitohs had returned to halfway, the siren had sounded. What should have been a convincing win turned into a lucky escape.” (The Australian, April 2)

“Kristy Lawrence breaks out in goose bumps as she recalls her lucky escape from Japan.” (STM Gloss Magazine, May 1)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays

(Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008)


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lesley Dewar  |  May 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I had a very lucky escape when Qantas re-routed me through Sydney, rather than Brisbane. Lucky to get to LA
    Very lucky indeed!

  • 2. Coralie  |  May 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I would think all of the above were unlucky escapes. Unlucky being in the wrong place at the wrong time and thrown a life-line at the last minute. Looking at it that way means your glass is half empty.
    Maybe, always looking on the bright side of life is a better way to go.
    glass half full = lucky escape.

  • 3. Lynne  |  May 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I would think them much luckier if those bad things hadn’t happened to them at all and there was no need for an escape.


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