Break A Leg

Break A Leg

break a ˈleg! (spoken) used to wish somebody good luck: You’d better leave now if you want to arrive early for the exam. Break a leg! It is thought that wishing for something bad to happen will prevent it from happening. This expression is used especially in the theatre. See also: break.

If the audience stomped long enough, they would break a leg. Some say the term originated during Elizabethan times when, instead of applause, the audience would bang their chairs on the ground — and if they liked it enough, the leg of the chair would break. The most common theory refers to an actor breaking the “leg line” of the ted Reading Time: 2 mins.

break a leg. Meaning | Synonyms. good luck; best wishes; stroke of luck; to wish someone luck especially before a performance; Example Sentences “Break a leg!” shouted the stage director to his actors before the beginning of the play. You have an exam tomorrow? Break a leg! “My first stage performance is scheduled for tonight.” “Well, break a leg!”.

What you tell someone about to perform in a drama or musical performance to wish them well. What you don't say is "good luck".

 · Interestingly, “Break a Leg” has evolved beyond the stage world, and now includes the variants such as “give me a break“, “getting a break”, and “breaking into the business”. Ballet dancers also have a version to “break a leg” which is, shall we say, a little more “colourful”.

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