step on a crack, break your mother's back

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step on a crack, break your mother's back

A children's rhyme about the superstitious belief that stepping on a crack, as in the sidewalk, will cause one's mother's back to break. It's a true summer day in the neighborhood—the kids are outside playing red rover and tag and shouting things like "Step on a crack, break your mother's back!"
See also: back, break, on, step
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