bli ayin hara
n. Formula said in conjunction with a positive statement to ward off the evil eye.
"My kids are all doing great, bli ayin hara."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Modern Hebrew
בלי עין הרע 'without the evil eye'; Modern Hebrew calque of Yiddish keinehora
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
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bli ayin hora, bli ayin harah
Similar to knocking on wood.
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