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This expression is considered to bring bad luck in the theatre, where – according to superstition – break a leg should be used in its place.
wish of fortune or encouragement
- Desirable or beneficial fortune.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- “[…] the awfully hearty sort of Christmas cards that people do send to other people that they don't know at all well. You know. The kind that have mottoes like
Here's rattling good luck and roaring good cheer, / With lashings of food and great hogsheads of beer. […]”