I think it means that I succeeded in part because of your luck.

I've heard this used when I was in Beijing a few times.

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    More close to because of your blessing, I think
    – ziyuang
    Jan 18 '12 at 1:41
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    I suspect that this comes from Japanese "おかけさまで". I don't recall hearing it a lot in China. It may appear more in a translation of Japanese work (movie, novel, etc).
    – fefe
    Jan 18 '12 at 1:55
  • Why Japanese? What's that mean in Japanese?
    – David Faux
    Jan 18 '12 at 2:23
  • @DavidFaux The same meaning. This maybe an misunderstanding, just a wild guess.
    – fefe
    Jan 18 '12 at 3:08
  • I hear "托您的福" more often as a sarcastic comment. A: 你今天没去看电影?You didn't go to the movies today? B: 托你的福,我帮你找钥匙找了半个小时,没来及去电影院。(Sarcastically) 托你的福! I spent half an hour looking for your key and missed the movie.
    – gonnastop
    Mar 18 '12 at 8:50

It's quite common in chinese. The English equivalent of this phrase should be "thanks to you/your..". 托 means because of, a variant of this phrase can be 托您洪福, 托您的洪福..

  • Fivesheep, I know your answer has been accepted, but can you expand it a bit? Thank you. :)
    – Alenanno
    Jan 18 '12 at 22:17
  • I think 托 translated to "rely on" is more precise here. 托 as in 依托 depends on. so 托你的福 -> relying on your 福. 福 as in 福气, means 'good fortune'. Chinese believes that 福 is a kind of positive energy, anyone round some with 福 will take some advantage of it.
    – Fivesheep
    Jan 18 '12 at 23:09
  • Thanks, consider including that in your answer so it's more visible. :)
    – Alenanno
    Jan 18 '12 at 23:13
  • pls use w/ caution. depending on the situation, it can sound quite sarcastic...bcz it's overly polite...rule of thumb is not to use it unless the recipient is 100 years old :) a modern day equivalent would be "在您的帮助下,。。。"
    – Laguna
    Jan 19 '12 at 18:06
  • additional info to my above comment: 1) if you are using 托您的洪福 to mean 'thanks to your help', then my above modern day equivalent is correct; but 2) if you are using it to mean 'thanks to the good fortune that you've brought me', then there really is no modern day equivalent that i can think of off the top of my head.
    – Laguna
    Jan 19 '12 at 18:42

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