Mexican wave

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Mexican wave

n
(General Sporting Terms) the rippling effect produced when the spectators in successive sections of a sports stadium stand up while raising their arms and then sit down
[C20: so called because it was first demonstrated at the World Cup in Mexico in 1986]
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Mexican wave

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eanwhile, Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland admitted yesterday it would be virtually impossible to enforce a ban on Mexican waves at the MCG during the Boxing Day Test.
Sometimes the finishing team resembles the "B team" and often the crowd spend more time performing Mexican waves or consulting their programme to see who number 28, 45, 32 etc is rather than enjoying the game.
And did they used to do those annoying Mexican waves as well?
In the stands, the carnival atmosphere extended way beyond the Mexican waves, with numerous chants of "One Bobby Robson" once the lumps in the throats had cleared long enough to let them out.
While some--albeit that South Africans would be unlikely to be among them--might suggest that cow bells and Mexican waves are placid things next to the vuvuzela, a ruling by Fifa that would see the vuvuzela barred from the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa would not go down well locally, judging by commentaries in newspapers and cyberspace.
Even though the Boss kept his audience waiting a good 45 minutes longer than he should have, the audience weren't complaining, entertaining themselves with Mexican waves and general bonhomie - nobody minded, because they knew he would give them every thing they wanted.
Drum rolls, Mexican waves and big pats on the back - I'm back on the soups and the shakes this week.
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And Cherie showed little sign of jet-lag as she enthusiastically joined in the singing and Mexican waves.
But they impressed with the pressure off and as Mexican Waves ominously circled the Walkers Stadium they duly wrapped up their first success at home sinceNovember 2.