Break a leg!

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - break a leg

"Break a leg!"

to wish someone good luck, especially when giving a theatrical performance


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - break a leg

Two friends are talking backstage ...

Friend 1:  I am so nervous that I think I'm going to throw up.

Friend 2:  That's to be expected just before your amateur theater debut. But you are really good. I've watched in rehearsals.

Friend 1:  I don't know.

Friend 2:  Listen.  That's your call.  Break a leg!  You'll be great.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - break a leg

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well, after three solid months of work, I am ready to present my proposal to the board.

Colleague 2:  Wow. That's exciting. I suppose I should wish you good luck.

Colleague 1:  Since this presentation is more like a performance, maybe you should tell me to "Break a leg!"

Break a leg! - Usage:


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Break a leg! - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for Break a leg!.

Break a leg! - Examples:

1)  The dance world is full of superstitions. By saying "break a leg" before a show, people are saying the exact opposite of what they hope ...

2)  Greetings, and break a leg with your new venture.

3)  ... even listen online if you're out of town or at work. Break a leg Warren!

4)  Good luck or break a leg or needles to the grindstone - whichever is most fitting.

5)  ... another good luck before a performance but say instead 'I hope you break a leg.' 

6)  Telling someone to "break a leg" is an attempt to outsmart the Sprites and in fact make something good happen.

7)  The Australian term for "break a leg" is "chookas" (pronounced chook-as).

8)  On the other hand, someone genuinely wishing you well will say 'Break a leg'.

9)  The idea being that if you tell an actor to break a leg, it is the same as telling him to deliver a performance worthy of a ...

10)  to go in the "specials" section at festivals! So... break a leg beforehand and you'll get your own little V.I.P section and a clean loo!

11)  It's my honor to dance with you tonight, so break a leg.

12)  Thanks to OSTC for this wonderful opportunity. Love to Steph. "Break a leg" kids!

13)  It's going to be an incredible experience. Break a leg!

14)  Hey, break a leg with that play, LC.

15)  ... finding for more softwares that can be used without any payments! So break a leg!

16)  ... and leave any bad nerves at home or at the door. Break a leg! and have the moment that you want!

17)  ... a sight too good for him, and he knows it. Break a leg, Jayne.

18)  Carol best of luck, or should that be break a leg, tonight with your show.

19)  Well, break a leg! I've also got a small part -- the Duke in the Merchant of ...

20)  Break a leg (good luck) on your production.