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A turning of one's head to the right and left, signifying denial, disapproval, disbelief, doubt, or bewilderment.

head′shak′ing adj. & n.
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Noun1.headshaking - the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement; "I could tell from their headshakes that they didn't believe me"
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
References in classic literature ?
As to the prognostics and headshaking of his aunts and uncles, they had never produced the least effect on him, except to make him think that aunts and uncles were disagreeable society; he had heard them find fault in much the same way as long as he could remember.
THE Queen may have to move out of Buckingham Palace to allow PS150million of maintenance work to be carried out - you can only imagine how much headshaking the builder did before reaching that estimate.
There was more headshaking when Vertonghen struggled to keep De Bruyne's wayward cross-field pass in play and Wilmots responded by changing it to three at the back, withdrawing full-back Alderweireld and sending on striker Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.
There were several moments in the Australia game that left me in headshaking despair.
The eight chronic conditions most frequently treated with homoeopathy were: arthritis, headshaking, laminitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sweet itch, dermatitis, sarcoidosis and Cushing's syndrome.
Finally reaching my destination, the Brunswick Dock station, I gratefully struggled my gear on to the platform and, recognising a fellow shipmate also alighting, we gave one another the thumbs up sign, and relieved we sniggered as we quoted the old seaman's headshaking humorous remark, "Well that's the worst part of the voyage over
Action is better than headshaking, teeth gnashing and finger pointing.
The fish swam in short, powerful bursts, followed by frantic headshaking .
Among our progressive friends, there's a lot of headshaking about how such nice people could be so misguided in wanting to deny women the right to choose what to do with their own bodies.
And being told by my headshaking financial adviser what a great pity it is that I did not have the foresight to take out a whacking great life insurance policy before I was known to have a heart condition, albeit at a time of my life when I had no dependants and could see no earthly use for such provision.
So, in yet another headshaking new reality programme, British workers travel abroad to test their skills in some of the most dangerous, challenging environments on Earth.
And I bet there's been plenty of headshaking and chuntering in the Portsmouth boardroom over how poorly managed this latest edition of the Winter Olympics has been.