bli ayin hara

Pronunciations

bli ayin hara (blee AH-yeen hah-RAH) listen

Definitions

  • n. Formula said in conjunction with a positive statement to ward off the evil eye.

Example Sentences

  • "My kids are all doing great, bli ayin hara."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • בלי עין הרע 'without the evil eye'; Modern Hebrew calque of Yiddish keinehora

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      bli ayin hora, bli ayin harah

Notes

  • Similar to knocking on wood.

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