hold (one's) thumbs

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hold (one's) thumbs

To maintain hope that something will happen or be the case. Primarily heard in South Africa. The team's manager will be holding thumbs that his star player will be healthy enough to play on Saturday.
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hold your thumbs

fold your fingers over your thumbs to bring good luck; hope for luck or success. South African
1987 Sunday Times (South Africa) They say they are holding thumbs for her and praying that the pregnancy will be trouble-free.
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hold ˈthumbs

(South African) hope that your plans will be successful or that something will take place in the way that you want it to: Let’s hold thumbs that you get the job.
See also: hold, thumb