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Break a Leg


The idiom ‘Break a leg’ is usually used in theater to wish good luck to actors before they go up on stage.

Example of use: “Danny’s family told him to “break a leg” right before he went up on stage.”

Interesting fact

The expression “break a leg” has been common among actors since the early 1900s and presumably reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person "good luck" is considered bad luck. There are some who argue that it originated when John Wilkes Booth broke his leg after assassinating President Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre.