One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to wish a performer good luck.‘a big chookas to all involved in tomorrow's show’‘chookas for a fantastic run and a brilliant season’
- ‘Chookas to my adopted son Matt!’
- ‘I duck my head into both the girls' and the boys' dressing rooms to wish them chookas.’
- ‘A special chookas to Antony!’
- ‘From what I've heard, it looks unreal—so chookas, all!’
- ‘Special chookas to you three, and of course MJ (no more accidents puh-lease!).’
- ‘Biggest hugs and chookas possible.’
- ‘Chookas, and I hope that your production is a lot of fun and everything you all expected it to be!’
- ‘To the cast, crew, and all at the theatre—a huge chookas for the entire season!’
- ‘Don't worry, you'll be great, just have fun—chookas!’
- ‘Workout over, I head to the dressing rooms to prepare for my walk-on, passing several cast members who applaud as I pass by and call out, "Chookas!"’
1990s: probably from chook, although the precise origin is unclear. It is often popularly explained as an alteration of chook it is, from a time when chicken was considered an expensive delicacy: if a play was successful the actors would be paid well, and could eat well.
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