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Why Do They Say “Break a Leg”?

“Break a leg” is an idiom that is commonly used in theatres. It stands for “Good Luck” and is a way to wish actors and musicians before going out to perform on a stage. “Break a leg” is also considered as a theatrical superstition where saying “Good Luck” turns an act in to a bad one. “Break a leg” has a synonym too which is “Chookas” and is used in Australia. This idiom is also often used outside the theatre in various other professions as well.

by Margaret Walker on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:47

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