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Swedish word of the day: hålla tummarna

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Published: 24.Jun.2019 17:04 hrs

In today's vocabulary column, we're looking at a short phrase that comes in useful in Swedish.

Hålla tummarna literally means 'to hold one's thumbs', and it's used to wish someone luck. So if you tell someone you're holding your thumbs, it's the same as saying "I'm crossing my fingers for you!" or simply "I'm wishing you luck!" in English.

You can follow the phrase with för and a noun, or att and a verb, for example jag håller tummarna för min vän (I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my friend) or jag håller tummarna att det ska hända (I'm crossing my fingers that it happens).

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