knock on wood

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A self-directive to undertake the customary action to ward off bad luck.

Etymology:

  • From a folk practice of unclear origin.
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I do a lot of walking, and I have never had any knee problems yet, knock on wood.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'knock on wood':

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.
Knock on WoodThose having superstitious beliefs such as knocking on wood save them to have a bad luck
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