knock on wood

knock on wood
knock (on) wood I hope my good luck will continue.

We haven't had any problems with the car so far, knock on wood.

I'm expecting, knock wood, to be offered the job next week.

Usage notes: used when you think difficulties are likely
Etymology: possibly from the idea of knocking on a tree to ask the magical creatures inside for help

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  • knock on wood — see ↑touch wood under ↑touch • • • Main Entry: ↑knock * * * I see wood II said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck I haven t been banned yet, knock on wood Origin …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock on wood — {v. phr.} To knock on something made of wood to keep from having bad luck. Many people believe that you will have bad luck if you talk about good luck or brag about something, unless you knock on wood; often used in a joking way. * /Charles said …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • knock on wood — {v. phr.} To knock on something made of wood to keep from having bad luck. Many people believe that you will have bad luck if you talk about good luck or brag about something, unless you knock on wood; often used in a joking way. * /Charles said …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • knock on wood — knock on something made of wood to keep from having bad luck I don t think that I will lose my job knock on wood …   Idioms and examples

  • knock on wood — This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ( Touch wood is also used.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Knock on Wood — The term Knock on Wood refers to knocking on wood, an act of superstition, but may also refer to:*Knock on Wood (1954 film), a film starring Danny Kaye *Knock on Wood, the title song to the 1954 film by Sylvia Fine *Knock on Wood (song) , a song… …   Wikipedia

  • knock\ on\ wood — v. phr. To knock on something made of wood to keep from having bad luck. Many people believe that you will have bad luck if you talk about good luck or brag about something, unless you knock on wood; often used in a joking way. Charles said, I… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • knock on wood —    This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ( Touch wood is also used.)   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    touch wood/ knock on wood    This humorous expression, based on superstition, is used to avoid bad luck, often while touching… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • knock on wood — ► touch (or chiefly N. Amer. knock on) wood touch something wooden to ward off bad luck. Main Entry: ↑wood …   English terms dictionary

  • knock on wood — verb /ˈnɒk ɒn ˈwʊd,ˈnɑk ɑn ˈwʊd,ˈnɔk ɔn ˈwʊd,ˈnak ɑn ˈwʊd/ To take a customary action to ward off some misfortune that is believed to be attracted by a presumptuous statement. I do a lot of walking, and I have never had any knee problems yet,… …   Wiktionary

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