keep (one's) fingers crossed

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keep (one's) fingers crossed

To remain hopeful that something will happen or come true. This can be accompanied by a literal crossing of one's index and middle fingers. 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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ANDREW STRAUSS is keeping his fingers crossed that England's dressing room is united ahead of this summer's Ashes series.
With robust centre-half, Stewart Greacen, facing the prospect of a cartilage operation and Ruaidhri Higgins already sidelined with a groin problem, Devine, left, is keeping his fingers crossed that the news on several other players will be more positive.
OWEN Coyle is keeping his fingers crossed that Gareth Bale has an off day at White Hart Lane.
CRAIG GORDON is keeping his fingers crossed the Czech Republic crack under the strain of trying to secure second place in Scotland's qualifying group.
The Blues defender is keeping his fingers crossed Hart will remain on loan from Manchester City at St Andrew's for another 12 months.
RICHARD DUNNE is keeping his fingers crossed Manchester City team-mate Shay Given is fit to lay the foundation for the Republic of Ireland's big World Cup push.
JOE KINNEAR is keeping his fingers crossed that star striker Michael Owen will extend his stay at Newcastle after being offered a new three-year deal.
JOHN CARR is keeping his fingers crossed that Sublimity makes the cut for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle after working well at Leopardstown on Sunday.
Alfie played for Toulouse, and scored a try, in yesterday's Heineken Cup clash against Wasps in France and the Wales coach is keeping his fingers crossed his talismanic captain gets a clean bill of health.
Chase is keeping his fingers crossed that Antelope Valley residents' generosity hasn't been tapped out by contributions for Hurricane Katrina victims, which through the Red Cross alone have amounted to nearly $300,000 locally.
MEATH boss Sean Boylan is keeping his fingers crossed that rising star Joe Sheridan beats the rap on a disciplinary charge this Wednesday.
HUDDERSFIELD boss Peter Jackson is keeping his fingers crossed for another money-spinning Carling Cup tie after watching his side dump First Division Sunderland out of the competition.
LENNOX Lewis is keeping his fingers crossed for Mike Tyson today as the American faces the prospect of having his licence revoked.
JOHN DUNLOP is keeping his fingers crossed Elusive Pimpernel's season will not be held up too much after he was forced to miss an intended engagement in tomorrow's Prix du Jockey Club due to injury.
But Huddersfield's inspirational 22-year-old hooker, left, is now keeping his fingers crossed he'll be available to help his side bounce straight back at Hull KR on Sunday.