What does the phrase "knock on wood" mean?


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Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

Knocking on wood used to be a way of warding off suspected impending bad luck, and now it's used as a tongue-in-cheek sort of phrase for when someone has had a lot of good luck, meaning that the person should be careful to avoid the bad luck which may follow.

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Taila Nevado answered

This phrase is
normally used to prevent bad luck. Especially when someone is talking about
their wealth or achievements. I have a friend who often uses this sentence when
she is narrating a happy story about her life. I barely use this sentence as I
do not believe in it.

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