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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READING Saturday's Echo I chanced upon a feature about assembly member Neil McEvoy crossing his fingers while pledging his allegiance to our monarch.
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Manager Kinnear is crossing his fingers Barton will prove he is up to speed so that he can throw him into the big derby wi th Sunderland on Saturday Barton has been training hard during his enforced exile, but he has hardly played any serious football this season while trying to find his fitness.
Ten goals in 12 games this season has proved that and having been stretchered off during the 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, Tony Mowbray will be crossing his fingers, praying, avoiding ladders and seeking out four-leaf clovers in a bid to stave off a long lay-off for his main man.
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