break a leg

break a leg

Meaning:

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

Example:

  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!”

Origin:
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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AuthorJersha writes on 23rd July 2018

Vennesa Merrell said, “Break a leg”, to David while he took it in a sad way.

AuthorCaden Eisenhauer writes on 25th May 2018

Hi that break a leg mean good luck!

AuthorZedboy writes on 27th April 2018

lmao @payton.
I think you scared her, especially if you’d shout.

AuthorMacaw writes on 18th January 2018

It is a really funny idiom.

AuthorSuresh Kumar writes on 3rd January 2018

That’s wonderful explanation and good examples.

AuthorHerolyn writes on 10th October 2016

Good explanation!!

AuthorPayton writes on 29th March 2016

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

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