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break a leg

break a leg


  • good luck
  • best wishes
  • to wish someone luck especially before a performance


  1. “Break a leg!” shouted the stage director to his actors before the beginning of the play.
  2. You have an exam tomorrow? Break a leg!
  3. “My first stage performance is scheduled for tonight.” “Well, break a leg!”
  4. “Break a leg!” I shouted out to him before he rushed in for his auditions.
  5. When the team went out for the final race, the coach shouted out to them “break a leg!”

This phrase has its origin in the world of theatre. Performers had a superstition that saying “good luck” would actually bring them bad luck, so “break a leg” was used instead.

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  • Expression: Herolyn writes on 10 October, 2016

    Good explanation!!

  • Expression: Payton writes on 29 March, 2016

    I said break a leg to my friend on stage and she broke like her back and leg.

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