(to be) in the right place at the right time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in the right place at the right time

"(to be) in the right place at the right time"

to be somewhere where and when something good happens, often by luck


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in the right place at the right time

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Congratulations on your promotion. How did you get it?

Colleague 2:  I managed to find the company's next year's worth of raw materials for half the usual price.

Colleague 1:  And how did you do that?

Colleague 2:  It was luck really. There had been some construction on my usual route so I had to take a detour and happened to pass a warehouse that had a big sign announcing they were going out of business. I stopped and made some inquiries and found the opportunity.

Colleague 1:  Sounds like you were in the right place at the right time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in the right place at the right time

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard you got your big break.

Friend 2:  I did. I just signed a record deal with a big record label.

Friend 1:  How did you manage that?

Friend 2:  I was in the right place at the right time. I knew that a talent scout was going to be at a certain bar for open microphone night so I made sure to have my best song ready and I performed. The scout loved my sound.

(to be) in the right place at the right time - Usage:


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(to be) in the right place at the right time - Gerund Form:

Being in the right place at the right time, he was able to capitalize on the situation.

(to be) in the right place at the right time - Examples:

1)  ... constantly reviewing our resources to ensure that our staff and vehicles are in the right place at the right time to respond to patients needing our assistance.

2)  His ironic fate was, as a photographer, to be in the right place at the right time, a talent in its own right.

3)  ... a couple of magician-like plays at second. Or maybe he's just in the right place at the right time.

4)  It was a career built on opportunities opening up, being in the right place at the right time and pushing through to the next level.

5)  I always felt like I was in the right place at the right time, that I was lucky with the opportunities I ended up ...

6)  ... not well-thought out or even planned. Walcott just happened to be in the right place at the right time and tapped the ball in.

7)  It's like a gift from the gods. I was in the right place at the right time and said something that now, ...

8)  Retailers who succeed in acquiring the right space in the right place at the right time will benefit from successful, profitable growth, ...

9)  Oftentimes, police work is all about being in the right place at the right time.

10)  ... here is that we need to make sure that we are in the right place at the right time and take the right steps to harness these advances in science ...

11)  I just happened to be in the right place at the right time -- it's so exciting.

12)  ... been lucky dudes. I really feel like we've been in the right place at the right time.

13)  I think mostly I'm just fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. A lot of what I photograph is actually my life ...

14)  ... and the 21-year-old appears to have the uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time.

15)  ... the corporate ladder. And perhaps a stroke of luck -- being in the right place at the right time when a promotion comes up.

16)  ... do you ignore an opportunity to make money if you are in the right place at the right time? Does that make her any less of an entrepreneur?

17)  You seem to be one of those people who seem to be in the right place at the right time when it comes to important issues or decisions that affect society ...

18)  Preparation is about having the right gear in the right place at the right time.

19)  We were, to be frank, lucky. We baby-boomers were in the right place at the right time.

20)  I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I had a lot of smart guys helping me.