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. I hope we get the account, but don't hold your thumbs.
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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.
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When it comes to corporate music partnerships, we sit firmly on the side of the debate with the folk that hold their thumbs up with smiles on their faces.
Lotter further noted that all those that purchased a vehicle during the Standard Bank Auto Show can 'hold their thumbs', as one of them stands a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to this year's Italian Grand Prix as well as a visit to the Ferrari factory.
Before long, the students began to hold their thumbs up as they solved the problem mentally.