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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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They are fired up about, I say in air quotes, 'rebuild,' but honestly the team, we've come together," Giolito said.
It was used with air quotes, in the hope to convey the right emotions.
Leading the hounds is Grant Shapps, whose name is impossible to say without sarcastic air quotes.
Just because chocolate isn't 'clean'," he says, fingers miming air quotes, "doesn't mean you can't enjoy it and have it now and again.
Talking about the show, "comedian" Jason (yes, the sarcastic air quotes are very much deserved) described it as an hour of laughing at people falling over with massive heads on, and added: "If you like that, that's what it's about.
Your mind, or ghost, has been placed in a new body, or shell, says scientist Juliette Binoche, just about managing to resist Dr Evil-style air quotes.
Dec 21-Jan 20 CAPRICORN YOU'VE developed a habit of doing those air quotes whenever you hear the phrase "the 'Foreign Secretary' Boris Johnson.
If the district meant to include air quotes around the word "retire," those got lost along the way.
What we're seeing are people who have an association with the program, by people it could be anybody from a professor, a campus adviser, a registrar, a teaching assistant, who has a relationship with the athletic department or a particular sports program and they use that relationship in an effort to -- and I'm using air quotes here -- to help a student-athlete engage in misconduct,'' she said.