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!
  • Analysis
    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)
    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.
  • 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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