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crossing fingers

crossing fingers  

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The act of crossing the fingers (i.e. middle finger over index finger) ‘for luck’, or to ward off ill luck (e.g. after walking under a ladder) is one of our most well-understood gestures, although we ...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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all fingers and thumbs clumsy or awkward in handling something, lack all manual dexterity. An obsolete earlier (mid 16th-century) variant is, ...

fingernails

fingernails  

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The little white specks, sometimes seen on the nails of the left hand, signify gifts on the thumb; friends on the first finger; foes on the second; lovers on the third; a journey to be undertaken on ...
hand

hand  

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(hand)the terminal organ of the upper limb. It comprises the eight bones of the carpus, the five metacarpal bones, and the phalangeal bones plus the surrounding tissues.
thumb

thumb  

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(thum)the first digit on the radial side of the hand. It can oppose the other four fingers of the hand.
V-sign

V-sign  

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The quintessential British offensive gesture for most of the 20th century, formed by holding up a hand with the middle and index finger upright in a V shape, the thumb and other two fingers curled ...

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