air quotes

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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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He could have been seriously injured by an overly aggressive air quote.
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"Once all the public held the same 'currency,'" he said, making air quotes, "health systems became truly competitive, regardless of their location and payer mix."
"I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I'd be approached by somebody -- I'm ashamed to say that -- and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [uses air quotes with fingers] 'black [expletive]' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know?
"I'm ashamed to say that and I did it for maybe a week - hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] 'black b***' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know?
"I'm ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week - hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] 'black b***' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know?
"I'm ashamed to say that and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [gesturing air quotes with his fingers] 'black b***d' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know?
Put another way, the entire story takes place inside invisible air quotes. It isn't a bad movie.
Another friend's overuse of air quotes prompts a reverie on linguistics.