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cross your fingers

also keep your fingers crossed
to hope for good luck At this point, they can only stand back, cross their fingers and wait to see if the fireworks go off perfectly.
Etymology: based on the practice, esp. of children, to put one finger over the next one either as a sign of hope for good luck or to avoid punishment
See also: cross, finger

cross your fingers

  also keep your fingers crossed
to hope that things will happen in the way you want them to
Usage notes: People often cross their middle finger over their first finger as a sign that they are hoping for luck.
We're crossing our fingers and hoping that the weather stays fine. (often an order) Keep your fingers crossed, everyone, Jane's only got to answer one more question.
See also: cross, finger
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So for instance I feel their euphoria when they strike it rich; and when they don't, I secretly cross fingers for them because I know that at the country's wealthiest casino, odds are the next big win is just a game away.
Split a small stake between Spain and Iceland and cross fingers.
Admitting the frustrations of having to cross fingers in the hope Brive lend them a helping hand, England Saxon Dowson knows there will be more than one eye on events in France tomorrow night.
Cross fingers, overdose on anti-panic pills, salute a magpie (Alan Shearer excepted), and pray our 25-1 shot Siesta Frisby survives.
But our lads will be no less eager to win and we are looking forward to two exciting games - and cross fingers, two wins
TOUCH WOOD, cross fingers and anything else I can think of to stop me catching flu, I shall do.