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touch wood

UK ( US knock on wood) informal
said in order to avoid bad luck, either when you mention good luck that you have had in the past or when you mention hopes you have for the future: The deal will be agreed on Wednesday, touch wood.
Translations of “touch wood”
in Chinese (Traditional) 老天保佑…
in Chinese (Simplified) 老天保佑…
(Definition of touch wood from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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