toi, toi, toi

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Sometimes speculated to be from German Teufel, Teufel, Teufel, based on the custom of saying the opposite of what one actually desired for another person (compare break a leg).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɔɪ tɔɪ tɔɪ/

Interjection[edit]

toi, toi, toi

  1. (opera) A superstitious expression of encouragement prior to a performance, equivalent to break a leg.

Usage notes[edit]

This expression may not be readily understood outside the context of the opera, theatre or music.

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