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knock on wood

Definition of knock on wood

US

  1. —used often while hitting or touching something made of wood as a way to prevent bad luck after having just said that something good has happened, that a situation is good, etc. <I've never broken a bone, knock on wood.>



Word by Word Definitions

knockplay
  1. :  to strike something with a sharp blow

    :  to collide with something

    :  bustle

  1. :  a sharp blow :  rap, hit

    :  a severe misfortune or hardship

    :  setback, reversal

woodplay
  1. :  violently mad

  1. :  woodland

    :  the hard fibrous substance consisting basically of xylem that makes up the greater part of the stems, branches, and roots of trees or shrubs beneath the bark and is found to a limited extent in herbaceous plants

    :  wood suitable or prepared for some use (as burning or building)

  1. :  wooden

    :  suitable for cutting or working with wood

    :  living, growing, or existing in woods

  1. :  to gather or take on wood

    :  to cover with a growth of trees or plant with trees


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