keep (one's) fingers crossed

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keep (one's) fingers crossed

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 superstition believed to bring good luck or ward off bad luck. Cross your fingers that this is the package we've been waiting for. OK, I've been crossing my fingers—did you get the job?
See also: crosse, finger, keep

keep one's fingers crossed (for someone or something)

 and cross one's fingers
to wish for luck for someone or something, sometimes by actually crossing one's fingers; to hope for a good outcome for someone or something. I hope you win the race Saturday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. I'm trying out for a play. Keep your fingers crossed!
See also: crosse, finger, keep

keep your fingers crossed


cross your fingers

COMMON If you keep your fingers crossed or cross your fingers, you hope for luck or success in something. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well. We all cross our fingers and hope it never happens. But if long-term illness struck tomorrow, could you keep paying the bills? Note: People say fingers crossed when they are wishing someone good luck or hoping for good luck for themselves. We don't have tickets but we're going anyway. Fingers crossed we'll be able to get in. Note: People sometimes actually cross their middle finger over their index finger when they use this expression or are wishing someone good luck. In the past, people believed that making the sign of the cross in this way was a way of protecting themselves from the devil or bad luck.
See also: crosse, finger, keep
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NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew will have to keep his fingers crossed as the summer transfer window gathers pace.
Now Cantillon will keep his fingers crossed the seven-year-old pulls out sound in the morning.
Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts, who is the MTA's board chairman, said he could only keep his fingers crossed that any new fees would not be diverted from local projects to help relieve the state budget deficit, as has happened in the past.
The owner had to keep his fingers crossed in the closing stages yesterday as Killerine was strongly challenged by Strong Magic and looked in danger of being caught, but the Ian Williams-trained gelding picked up again and kicked clear on the run-in.
UCLA coach Gary Adams has another week to keep his fingers crossed to see if two top high school recruits Chase Utley (shotstop, Long Beach Poly) and Chad Cislak (pitcher, Tuscon, Arizona) enroll in Westwood or sign pro baseball contracts with the Dodgers.