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ни пуха ни пера!

 
 ни пуха ни пера! 
 

[ни пуха ни пера!] {interj.}

[ni `pukha ni pe`ra]

{literally} (wish you) neither fur, nor feather!

~[Break a leg] (Tnx to !plexuz =) )

~[Good luck]!

Wishing good luck, success to smb. in sth.

Usually an unalterable interjection.

{origin}

The phrase was used as an indirect (negative) farewell "spell" said to hunters leaving for a hunt and aiming to spoof and scare devilry.

It was believed that direct good luck wishing could put the evil eye on the hunters and overlook the luck.

A rude reply — "К чёрту!" ([Go to devil]!) should make the hunter even more safer.

Перед экзаменом студенты обычно говорят друг другу: «Ни пуха ни пера!» — Students usually wish good luck to each other before they take an exam.


 
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