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touch wood

A superstitious expression said, typically in combination with actually touching or knocking on a wooden object or surface, when one desires something positive to continue, lest the mention of it "jinx" or somehow reverse one's good fortune. More commonly expressed as "knock on wood." I've been driving for 36 years and have never been in an accident. Touch wood! Hopefully, touch wood, we'll continue to avoid sickness this winter.
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touch wood

mainly BRITISH or

knock on wood

mainly AMERICAN
COMMON When you are talking about a good situation, you say touch wood to mean that you hope this continues and that you will not have bad luck. She's such a healthy, happy child, touch wood. She's never even been to the doctor's. `And knock on wood, I have been at the company for 13 years, and I have not missed one day's work through illness.' Note: In American English, you can also simply say knock wood. So far, knock wood, everything seems good. Note: This expression may come from the ancient belief that good spirits lived in trees and people used to tap on them to ask the spirits for help or protection. Alternatively, it may be related to the Christian practice of touching a rosary or crucifix. People sometimes actually touch or knock on a wooden surface as they say this.
See also: touch, wood

touch wood

said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck.
A North American variant is knock on wood . The phrase refers to the traditional custom of touching something wooden to avert possible bad luck.
1991 Rohinton Mistry Such a Long Journey Sohrab and Gustad did not shout or argue like they used to, touch wood.
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touch ˈwood

(British English) (American English knock on ˈwood) (saying) used for expressing the hope that your good luck will continue: We haven’t had a serious accident yet, touch wood.
This refers to the custom of touching something made of wood to prevent bad luck. People still often try to touch something made of wood when they say this.
See also: touch, wood
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Last season was a nightmare, so, touch wood, I'm hoping for the best this year.
I am used to hitting big heavyweights and hurting them so now, when I hit a guy flush on the chin, touch wood, they won't get back up.
He's back working away now though and, touch wood, everything is going according to plan.
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Convey, 22, a pounds 600,000 buy from DC United in 2004, said: "I just want to keep going, and touch wood have no injuries.
So, touch wood, hopefully I'll be ready for the pre-season games.
If there is any stability, touch wood, it is not being injured, not being cuckolded by your wife because you are never there, your children recognising you and not saying `who is that man?
Touch wood, I've been very lucky throughout my career.
But that would be your worst nightmare, so touch wood you avoid injury.
We've done this a couple of times this year - supplemented horses for big races - and touch wood, he seems very well," said Johnston.
We're going into this season at the moment - touch wood - not with any real major injuries with the present squad.
We've done a lot of schooling with him and, touch wood, he will put in a clear round.