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break a leg

A phrase of encouragement typically said to one who is about to perform before an audience, especially a theater actor. It is thought to be used due to the superstition that wishing one "good luck" will result in the opposite, but the exact origin of the phrase is unknown. You all look great in your costumes! Break a leg!
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Break a leg!

Fig. Good luck! (A special theatrical way of wishing a performer good luck. Saying "good luck" is considered by actors to be a jinx.) "Break a leg!" shouted the stage manager to the heroine. Let's all go and do our best. Break a leg!
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break a leg

1. Fracture one or more leg bones, as in She fell down the stairs and broke her leg in two places. [c. a.d. 1000]
2. Good luck! as in Play well, Rob-break a leg! The origin of this imperative to a performer about to go onstage is unclear; it may have been a translation of the German Hals und Beinbruch ("Break your neck and leg"), also of unknown origin. Equally mysterious is the Italian equivalent, In bocca di lupe, "Into the mouth of the wolf." [c. 1900]
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break a leg

People say break a leg to a performer who is about to go on stage as a way of wishing them good luck. Jason sent Phillip a fax before Monday's show, with the greeting: `Break a leg and enjoy yourself.' Note: Many performers consider that it is unlucky to say `good luck' directly to anyone. Instead, they pretend to wish them bad luck.
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break a leg!

good luck! theatrical slang
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break a ˈleg!

(spoken) used to wish somebody good luck: You’d better leave now if you want to arrive early for the exam. Break a leg!
It is thought that wishing for something bad to happen will prevent it from happening. This expression is used especially in the theatre.
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Break a leg!

exclam. Good luck! (A special theatrical way of wishing a performer good luck. Saying good luck is considered to be a jinx.) “Break a leg!” shouted the stage manager to the heroine.
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break a leg

Used to wish someone, such as an actor, success in a performance.
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