in bocca al lupo

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally “in the wolf's mouth!”.

Interjection[edit]

in bocca al lupo!

  1. good luck!, fingers crossed!, break a leg!
    Synonyms: in culo alla balena! (vulgar), buona fortuna!

Usage notes[edit]

  • The typical reply to this interjection is crepi il lupo! (literally may the wolf die!), or simply crepi! (literally may it die!).