T-learning # Idiom
Speak Like a Native

fingers crossed

Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to get your fingers broken

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b) to cross your fingers behind your back

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c) to hope for good luck

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Fingers crossed is something you say to hope for good luck or to wish somebody luck.

French translation  

Croisons les doigts !

Examples in context

’We’re optimistic and have our fingers crossed you’re going to show up and do your job,’ Mr Paul told about 200 people in Mason City, the final stop of the day.

Daily Mail, British Press Releases, 3rd Jan. 2012

‘Several sources ruled out the possibility that the announcement is about the iPad 3 or Apple TV, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the next few weeks.’

TechCrunch, Online American Press Releases, Jan. 2012

Everyday usage

I am expecting a letter which I need for tomorrow. I have my fingers crossed I will get it today.

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