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

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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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The threat to Liverpool's status appeared to genuinely concern UNESCO - particularly the Portuguese representative who called on delegates to "keep our fingers crossed" for a solution.
Fast bowler James Anderson said: "It was a strain so we'll keep our fingers crossed he'll be fine For him more than most the next 10 days will be crucial, a lot of rehab and trying to get himself fit for next week - which we're all hoping he will be."
And Craig said: "It could be a hugely rewarding day for the club and we'll keep our fingers crossed for Scott.
"We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope the number one and full strength West Indian side makes the journey to Australia because all the fans around the world enjoy seeing the West Indies players, and certainly the fans in Australia will enjoy seeing their number one team hopefully arrive there in November.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that the very indifferent summer of 2009 behaves itself.
LET'S keep our fingers crossed that Maik Taylor becomes a lot more vocal because defenders with backs to goal haven't a clue where he is.
The United boss said today: "Hopefully Michael's going to get back into some form of training this week, and Derby might still be a bit soon, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.
In the meantime we'll keep using the phones which have become part of everyday life - and keep our fingers crossed they are not too dangerous.
"We keep our fingers crossed and assume the eels behaved in the past as they do today," she notes.--S.
"We are going to keep our fingers crossed for you in Peckham," continued Ronnie, "so that you can become Home Secretary and let us out early."
He said: "Mark has visited a specialist a couple of times and we'll keep our fingers crossed that sooner rather than later he is back.
"We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed and keep everyone posted."
Let's just keep our fingers crossed that the squad can stay in one piece until kick-off time at Hampden.
Holland may be the third best team in the world, and we may be missing Faddy, but let's keep our fingers crossed. Richard Nixon once said: "Finishing second at the Olympics gets you silver.
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce had originally pencilled Owen in for the Rams clash, but is keen to tread carefully with four games to come over the Christmas and New Year period: "Hopefully Michael is going to get back into some form of training this week, and Derby might still be a bit soon, but we'll keep our fingers crossed."