Crossed fingers

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fingers crossed behind the back

Crossing one's fingers is a hand gesture used to break a promise, oath, or oath. The alleged back door of the crossed fingers while promising or swearing something is usually exploited by school-age children, or used in film and television to give the viewer a clue.

In the Anglo-Saxon region , this gesture is also used to superstitiously wish one another luck, while the cross- fingers used in the German-speaking region is less well known there.


In the case of the broken oath, the crossed fingers (i.e., the crucifix) are intended to prevent one from going to hell.

The symbol can also be traced back to a religious origin as a gesture for a congratulation. Originally it is said to have served as a request for God's protection or as a sign for the mutual recognition of Christians.


The “crossed fingers” gesture is used on the United Kingdom's National Lottery logo and the United States' Oregon and Virginia Lotteries .

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