break a leg

Meaning(s)

1. a phrase wishing someone good luck before a performance. All the best. Best of luck

Popularity

High

Professional

High

Social

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Good luck! Break a leg!

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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.

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  1. Break a leg! said the dance teacher to her students before the show.
  2. Theatre actors will often be told to break a leg before taking to the stage.

Check Icon Professional Examples (Basic)

  1. It's time to present your proposal to the Manager. I hope he goes for it. Break a leg!
  2. Break a leg in your presentation today. I know you'll do a brilliant job.

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