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air quotes

pl.n.
Gestures in which the index and middle finger of each hand are held up and curled at the same time, in imitation of quotation marks, used to indicate that something being said was actually said by someone else, is viewed with skepticism, or is a popular turn of phrase. Also called finger quotes.
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