break a leg

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To perform well in a theatrical production or comparable endeavor.

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.
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Go out there and break a leg tonight. Put on a great show!.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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 leggood luck
Break a LegTo wish good luck for a great performance
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