have (one's) fingers crossed

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have (one's) fingers crossed

To be hoping for good luck or that something will happen. The actual gesture, which does not have to accompany the phrase, involves crossing one's middle finger over the index finger as a superstition believed to bring good luck or ward off bad luck. I studied for that exam for two weeks, so I have my fingers crossed that I get a good grade. I have my fingers crossed that my packages get delivered in time for Christmas!
See also: crosse, finger, have

have/keep your ˈfingers crossed

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cross your ˈfingers

(informal) hope that something will be successful; wish somebody good luck: I’m going to give my first lecture tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed for me, won’t you?Good luck, Ingrid. Fingers crossed!
People often cross the first two fingers of one hand when they use this expression.
See also: crosse, finger, have, keep
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