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The meaning of "break a leg"

" Break a leg "
A superstitious way to wish 'good luck' to an actor before a performance while avoiding saying 'good luck' out loud, which is considered unlucky.
People often said 'break a leg' to Olivier, but he didn't really need it.
Where did it originate?:
USA, 20th century.
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