Definition of touch wood in English:

touch wood

phrase

British
  • Said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck.

    ‘I haven't been banned yet, touch wood’
    • ‘I did have to call a moratorium on all the email I'd accumulated but I think (fingers crossed, touch wood, any other superstitious luck gatherer you can think of) that I'm just about sorted.’
    • ‘I used direct deposit, it hasn't been a problem as of yet, knock on wood.’
    • ‘He would throw salt over his shoulder and knock on wood just for good luck, I didn't learn this until I lived with him.’
    • ‘On the other hand people still avoid walking under ladders and knock on wood and cross their fingers in order to guard there luck.’
    • ‘And so hopefully, you know, knock on wood, we'll get to do a second season, and that will be one for next year.’
    • ‘So far we have only had one trip to York District Hospital (fingers crossed, touch wood and spit for luck) after he ran head first into the fireplace and got a bruised lump roughly the size of a pickled egg on his noggin.’
    • ‘This hasn't happened to me yet, touch wood, but you have only to approach a speed camera on a free-flowing road to realise that it must happen fairly often.’
    • ‘We haven't had a fatal accident in the village yet, touch wood, but we don't want to sit back and wait for that to happen.’
    • ‘So at the moment, touch wood, we have not got reports of epidemics, but it would be foolish for us to assume that we're through the worst.’
    • ‘Although, knock on wood, I have never fallen victim to this affliction, I can think of few things scarier, and I very well may have a rush of fear like the one I'm experiencing right now this time every winter for the rest of my life.’
    hope for the best
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