English Idioms

Knock on wood

what does that mean ?


  • American English knock on wood! touchons du bois!
  • This expression is very old. It comes from Middle Age probably. At this period, people spoke very crude and it meaned "I don't dream".
  • In Britain, we tend to say 'touch wood' when we hope for good luck, or that what we said will or won't come true!

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