Definition of Knock on wood

1. Verb. (idiomatic US) To take a customary action to ward off some misfortune that is believed to be attracted by a presumptuous statement. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic US) (non-gloss definition A self-directive to undertake the customary action to ward off bad luck.) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knock On Wood

knock box
knock boxes
knock cold
knock down
knock for a loop
knock into a cocked hat
knock it off
knock knee
knock knock
knock knock joke
knock knock jokes
knock knocks
knock off
knock off someone's block
knock on
knock on wood (current term)
knock out
knock out of the box
knock over
knock rummy
knock someone's block off
knock someone's socks off
knock someone off his perch
knock the living daylights out of
knock together
knock up

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