Break a leg!

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!

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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IN THE THEATER, THE CUSTOMARY WAY FOR YEARS TO WISH AN ACTOR GOOD LUCK as he makes his first appearance in a show is to pat him on the back and say, "Break a leg!"