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    what's mean of (( Go Break a Leg ))?

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    Default Re: Go Break a Leg

    Quote Originally Posted by leave me alone View Post
    what's mean of (( Go Break a Leg ))?
    From phrases.org: Used by U.S. actors (though it may have originated in England or Germany) to wish each other well just before they go on stage. Actors have a superstition that saying "Good luck" straightforwardly would tempt the gods to subvert the wish by making something bad happen (paraphrased from Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British").

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    Default Re: Go Break a Leg

    "Break a leg" is the well-known idiom. The phrase with "Go" must be an American idiom.

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    Default Re: Go Break a Leg

    ... though I believe even an English actor might prepend 'Go' if the meaning was 'Go [out there and] break a leg' (in the situation of someone encouraging an actor with 'stage fright').

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    Default Re: Go Break a Leg

    We just say "Break a leg" unless it's being used as Bob suggested. You're all set, you've prepared well, the audience is going to love you... now go break a leg!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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