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break a leg

vb. (context idiomatic English) To perform well in a theatrical production or comparable endeavor.

Break a leg

"Break a leg" is an idiom in theatre used to wish a performer " good luck". Well-wishers typically say "Break a leg" to actors and musicians before they go on stage to perform. The origin of the phrase remains obscure.

The expression reflects a theatrical superstition, in which wishing a person "good luck" is considered bad luck. The expression is sometimes used outside the theatre, as superstitions and customs travel through other professions and then into common use. Among professional dancers, the traditional saying is not "break a leg", but " merde". For playwrights, it's sometimes changed to "break a pencil."

Break a Leg (sitcom)

Break a Leg is an independently created internet sitcom. The show is filmed in the handheld, one-camera style associated with mockumentaries such as The Office.

The show was written and created by brothers Vlad and Yuri Baranovsky, and while being an online show, episodes were shown on the San Francisco Public-access television cable TV channel. The show is shot in San Francisco and the outlying areas; unlike many other internet shows, episodes are as long as those of TV shows, around 30 minutes.

Break a leg (disambiguation)

Break a leg is a well-known idiom in theatre which means "good luck". It may also refer to:

  • Break a Leg (sitcom)
  • "Break a Leg" (song)
  • Break a Leg (film), a 2005 film featuring Sandra Oh

Usage examples of "break a leg".

A rucked-up edge of carpet or linoleum which everyone says someone will trip over and break a leg unless it gets fixed.

Roland dismounted, partly out of respect for the horse, partly out of respect for himself - he didn't want to break a leg under Topsy if Topsy chose this moment to give up and canter into the clearing at the end of his path.

Even when the moon was full it was too dark beneath the trees, and it would have been so easy for Sam or the last garron to break a leg.

The Herald-Trib was always a day late there, which meant the drawing had taken place at least two days earlier--and in the meantime that dog could break a leg or be scratched nine other ways.

It was permitted by regulations, but just barely and subject to stringent safety precautions, for you could break a leg awfully easily in those holes.