indian sign

noun
Usage: usually capitalized I
Etymology: probably from indian (II) 2
1. : a magic spell for immobilizing or making powerless an opponent or rival

have put the Indian sign on that team and beaten them nearly every game

or for subjecting another to one's full control or slightest whims or desires

she's put the Indian sign on every bachelor in town

— usually used with the
2. : hex, jinx

thought the cow had got the Indian sign when it wouldn't give any more milk


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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