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I am in a context where I would need a familiar (but not vulgar) short expression that means someone is lucky. Can someone help?

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There's lucky duck, if you want something rather informal. (I'm not sure how universally recognized that is, but I've heard it off-and-on since I was a kid). –  J.R. Aug 9 '12 at 21:27
    
On reflection I think the question isn't really constructive. Given that there's not really such a thing as "continuous luck" I suspect almost every way of referring to someone's "luckiness" may be tinged with overtones of envy/jealousy (depending on speaker and context, of course). –  FumbleFingers Aug 10 '12 at 2:30
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You can say "fortunate", "lucky", "leading a charmed life", "favored of the gods", "smiled upon by Providence", some of those being overly quaint for modern conversation.

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+1 for leading a charmed life –  Jim Aug 10 '12 at 4:04
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You could say:

hit gold

lucky duck

lucky dog

lucked out (US meaning; in the UK lucked out means had bad luck)

blessed

hit the jackpot

struck it rich (whether or not the luck is monetary)

has the luck of the Irish

his ship came in

his horse came in

sitting pretty

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"Sitting pretty" is a great fit for my context. Thanks! –  zneak Aug 9 '12 at 21:48
    
@zneak: If that's the case, your question text didn't explain what you wanted very clearly. Sitting pretty simply means in a good position - which could just as easily have come about through diligent planning and hard word as by "luck". –  FumbleFingers Aug 10 '12 at 2:06
    
@FumbleFingers, then, indeed, that's not really what I want. I guess I was a little too enthusiast and should have checked the precise meaning of it. If you have better ideas for expressions, feel free to post them. –  zneak Aug 10 '12 at 2:10
    
@zneak: All bib's other suggestions are fine (except lucked out, which to me as a Brit means had bad luck). –  FumbleFingers Aug 10 '12 at 2:25
    
@FumbleFingers - agreed. the Urban Dictionary says, in regard to lucked out "In the UK this has the exact opposite meaning to that in the USA." –  bib Aug 10 '12 at 2:36
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