fluke

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fluke

noun accident, blunder, bungle, chance good fortune, chance happening, chance misfortune, chance occurrence, error, fortuity, lucky situation, miscalculation, misinterpretation, misjudgment, misreading, misunderstanding, once in a lifetime occurrence, random achievement, random luck, random mistake, random success, stroke of bad luck, stroke of misfortune
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O the blazing tropic night, when the wake's a welt of light That holds the hot sky tame, And the steady forefoot snores through the planet-powdered floors Where the scared whale flukes in flame.
but an anchor on a man’s shoulder; and here’s the other fluke down his back, maybe a little too close, which signifies that the lad has got under way and left his moorings.
I only got the money for that"--he patted the stuff--"by a pure fluke.