χτύπα ξύλο -> touch wood, knock on wood, knock wood

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χτύπα ξύλο -> touch wood, knock on wood

Knocking on wood, and the spoken expression "knock on wood," are used to express a desire to avoid "tempting fate" after making some boast or speaking of one's own death. In the United Kingdom, Egypt, Ireland, India and Australia, the term "touch wood" is used.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocking_on_wood

touch wood
(idiomatic, UK, Australian) hopefully (said while touching something wooden, for superstition)
And the reds are going to avoid relegation this year, touch wood

As this expression has superstitious or pre-Christian origins it is usual physically to touch something wooden whilst exclaiming "touch wood", or shortly afterwards, in order to benefit from the resulting good luck. If the object touched transpires actually to be laminate or some other such non-wooden material then this may result in a scramble to find some real wood, which may be perceived as ominous.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/touch_wood

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και σκέτο knock wood

knock (on) wood (spoken)
I hope my good luck will continue We haven't had any problems with the car so far, knock on wood. I'm expecting, knock wood, to be offered the job next week.
Usage notes: used when you think difficulties are likely
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/knock+wood




 

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