toi toi toi!

Definition

Theater

  • A good-luck phrase used in the same way as the better known Break a leg!. It is current mainly among European actors and opera singers of all nationalities. Suggestions as to its origins include (1) that it is a corruptionof German Teufel, devil, and (2) that it is a polite substitute for the act of spitting, which is a good-luck charm in many cultures.
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