break a leg

Rate this phrase:(5.00 / 1 vote)
good luck

Etymology:

  • Unknown; many unproven and widely debated theories exist. One of the most plausible is that it comes from Yiddish הצלחה און ברכה through the heavy Ashkenazi Jewish influence in the American theater, via the misinterpretation in German as Hals- und Beinbruch. The Yiddish phrase itself comes from Hebrew הַצְלָחָה וּבְרָכָה.
90 Views

I hope you break a leg at the concert.

Submitted on December 08, 2013

Additional definitions for 'break a leg':

break a legA wish for a successful performance; primarily a valediction to an actor wishing him or her a successful theatrical stage performance.
break a legTo perform well in a theatrical production or comparable endeavor.
Break a LegTo wish good luck for a great performance
See them all »

Translation

Find a translation for the break a leg phrase in other languages:

حظا موفقا

Ein Bein brechen

rikkoa jalka

gãy chân

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Nearby phrases

Some more phrases from our dictionary similar to break a leg

Discuss this break a leg phrase with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this break a leg definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"break a leg." Phrases.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 26 Jan. 2020. <https://www.phrases.com/phrase/break-a-leg_10056>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest human-edited phrases collection on the web!

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.