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Knock on Wood

Those having superstitious beliefs such as knocking on wood save them to have a bad luck


  • In England, to keep off from bad luck, people used to say “touch wood”. Today the expression “knocking on wood” has become quite popular but its origin is not certain from where it actually came. According to many experts, it might have come from the Druids which are an order of Celtic priests of England and Ireland. Whatever the origin, but the phrase “knocking the wood” is used to refer to avoid any bad luck.

Alice knocks on wood when she really wished if something were true.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Knock on Wood':

knock on woodA self-directive to undertake the customary action to ward off bad luck.
knock on woodTo take a customary action to ward off some misfortune that is believed to be attracted my a presumptuous statement.
knock on woodHave not had a misfortune yet.
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