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Superstition and superstitions

four-leaved clover

noun

a leaf from a clover plant that has four parts instead of the usual three, that is believed to bring good luck

the Scottish play

a name for William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, used by people working in the theatre who believe it brings bad luck to say the word ‘Macbeth’

superstition

noun

a belief that things such as magic or luck have the power to affect your life

superstitious

adjective

believing in the power of magic or luck

superstitious

adjective

based on that belief

unlucky

adjective

used for describing something that is believed to make bad things happen

superstitiously

adverb

cross your fingers

to put your middle finger over your first finger as a wish for good luck

touch wood

used when you have said that you have had good luck in order to prevent bad luck from happening to you. People sometimes touch something made of wood when they say this

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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