Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
break a leg
break a leg
1) a phrase wishing someone good luck before a performance. All the best. Best of luck
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Good luck! Break a leg!
The phrase 'break a leg' is used by actors and performers to wish each other luck backstage before a performance. In many places in the world, it is considered bad luck to wish someone 'good luck' before a performance. You say 'break a leg' to someone before they give a speech or talk, or before an exam or another important moment. You can use this in any situation instead of saying 'good luck', however, it is slightly less formal.
Social Examples (Basic)
Break a leg! said the dance teacher to her students before the show.
Theatre actors will often be told to break a leg before taking to the stage.
Professional Examples (Basic)
It's time to present your proposal to the Manager. I hope he goes for it. Break a leg!
Break a leg in your presentation today. I know you'll do a brilliant job.
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