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Touch wood

Posted by Is this the same as knock on wood? Don't know the answer to both. on October 12, 2002

In Reply to: Touch wood posted by Shae on October 12, 2002

: It's an expression used when wishing good fortune to a person or venture. "Good luck at the job interview! Touching wood for you!" "I hope the weather is good for the barbeque tomorrow. Touch wood!"

: I've been told it refers to a medieval custom of touching a piece of the "True Cross," or of a reliquary that contained such a piece. Can anybody corroborate this?

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