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English definition of “touch wood”

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.Good luck and bad luck
(Definition of touch wood from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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