break a leg

break a leg

Meaning | Synonyms

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

Example Sentences

  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!”
  6. I wish you good luck on the completion of your book writing for publishing. Break a leg!

Origin

This phrase has its origin in the world of theater. 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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AuthorCalifornian writes on 19th January 2019

It is considered bad luck to say “good luck” to a performer before they go on stage for a performance (it is, in a way, insulting also because they don’t need luck if they have skill). That is why people say “break a leg:” because it is just about the worst thing that could happen to you while on stage, so it is the opposite of saying “good luck.”

AuthorJuneHilde writes on 7th November 2018

Could break a leg refer to the incomparable actress/ renaissance woman who lost a leg to gangrene. Although she didn’t break a leg on the stage, she did act and have a remarkable life on one leg.

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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