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break a leg(Verb)
To perform well in a theatrical production or comparable endeavor.
Origin: ; many unproven and widely debated theories exist. One of the most plausible is that it comes from הצלחה און ברכה through the heavy influence in the American theater, from Hals- und Beinbruch, perhaps a corruption of the .
Break a leg
"Break a leg" is a well-known idiom in theatre which means "good luck." It is typically said to actors and musicians before they go on stage to perform. The origin of the phrase is obscure. The expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person "good luck" is considered bad luck. The expression is sometimes used outside the theatre as superstitions and customs travel through other professions and then into common use. Among professional dancers, the traditional saying is not "break a leg," but "merde".
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