cross (one's) fingers

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cross (one's) fingers

To hope 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 superstitious belief that it will bring good luck. I'm crossing my fingers that I get a bike for my birthday! Cross your fingers that this is the news we've been waiting for.
See also: cross, finger

cross one's fingers

Also, keep one's fingers crossed.
1. Wish for luck by crossing two fingers of one hand. For example, I'm crossing my fingers that I get the job, or Keep your fingers crossed that the hurricane goes out to sea. This superstitious statement presumably alludes to the much older practice of making the sign of the cross to ward off evil. [Early 1900s]
2. Tell a white lie that doesn't matter. For example, I told Mom I didn't eat any cookies but I had my fingers crossed. The childish belief that if one keeps one's fingers crossed one may lie with impunity probably comes from children's games in which one was "safe" if one crossed one's fingers, and the ultimate allusion may be the same as in def. 1.
See also: cross, finger
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There are also those with a history of inherited disease, who would otherwise only have to cross their fingers or pray that their child is not affected - or perhaps even rule out having children.
Ever the heartfelt artist, Hall quickly points out, "people also cross their fingers as a sign of hope."
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