touch wood

Idiom

Touch Wood

Definition

Express a wish for good luck or to ward off bad luck.

Examples

I’ve been very lucky so far, touch wood!

I haven’t had any accidents, touch wood.

I’ve been healthy all year, touch wood!

My exams went really well, touch wood.

I haven’t had any issues with my car, touch wood.

Origin

Likely rooted in ancient pagan beliefs.