Best Answer

Meaning:- The belief that the third time something is attempted is more likely to succeed than the previous two attempts. It is also used as a good luck charm - spoken just before trying something for the third time. Origin:- The first citation I can find for it is in The Weekly Sentinel, June 1912. This is in a rather snooty court report about a Mrs. Martha Carliss, who had been twice married previously: That Mrs. Martha Carliss evidently believes in peace and happiness in wedlock and that she probably thinks third time's a charm is shown by the fact that she was granted a license today to marry Andrew W. Mowery. Precursor to this phrase is in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Letters addressed to R. H. Horne, 1839: 'The luck of the third adventure' is proverbial.

One more proverbial is "The third time's lucky" listed in Alexander Hislop's The proverb of Scotland. Why is third time lucky? There are few suggestions.

The most common is that it alludes to the belief that, under English law, anyone who survived three attempts at hanging would be set free. This is probably from the story of John 'Babbacombe' Lee. Another suggestion is that it refers to the Christian Trinity. There seems little to support that idea. It might relate in some way to goodness or luck being associated with the number three, but has no specific link with the third of anything.

User Avatar

Wiki User

9y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

15y ago

Someone who couldn't get it right the first two times.

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: How did the expression 'third try is a charm' come about?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

Why people say third try is a charm?

Because the number three is supposed to be lucky.

In ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' what spell is to get the books to come down?

You could try the Summoning Charm (Accio) to summon it.

How do you get a thugs heart?

Just Be Yourself ! Try To Charm Him (:

Where can you download psx memorycards?

It should come with the PSX. Try saving a game, if there's no memory card just get ePSXe. That one worked like a charm for me.

What can one learn from Charm School?

Charm school is a television show that is played on VH1 and it has contestants who try to win thousands of dollars and they also get the title of Charm School Queen if they win.

How do you get the book from the top shelf on Harry Potter?

Try the summoning charm (accio)

How the saying goes that the third time is a charm?

This is strictly a piece of folklore with no basis in fact, but sometimes people like to think that if they try something twice unsuccessfully, they are likely to make it work, or to succeed, on their third attempt, because three is somehow a magic number. Sometimes people do succeed on their third attempt, of course, but it's not because the third time is a charm, it just works out that way sometimes. At other times people may succeed on their first attempt, or their second attempt, or their fifthieth attempt, or they may never succeed. It depends what they are trying to do, and how good they are at doing it.

What expression starts with first?

first try

What is the axis stymies try for x2 plus 1?

I have no idea what "axis stymies try" is.The question contains an expression: an expression cannot have an axis.

How would one clean a gold charm bracelet?

To clean any dirty gold item, one could try soaking the gold charm in some washing up liquid and warm water. Alternatively, try the ammonia or toothpaste method.

How do you tell your boyfriend that you want him to come to your softball games but in a nice way?

say, "Do you want to come to my softball games?" and if he says know, don't try to force him. ask him nicely and tell him to meet you in a certain place, maybe even add on that he is your "good luck charm"

Which expression is equivalent to 67?

You could try 67*1