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beau geste

 (bō zhĕst′)
n. pl. beaux gestes or beau gestes (bō zhĕst′)
1. A gracious gesture.
2. A gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance.

[French : beau, noble + geste, gesture.]

beau geste

(bo ʒɛst)
n, pl beaux gestes (bo ʒɛst)
a noble or gracious gesture or act, esp one that is meaningless
[literally: beautiful gesture]

beau geste

(boʊ ˈʒɛst)

n., pl. beaux gestes (boʊ ˈʒɛst)
French.
a fine or noble gesture, often futile or made only for effect.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beau geste - a gracious (but usually meaningless) gesture
gesture - something done as an indication of intention; "a political gesture"; "a gesture of defiance"

beau geste

noun
An act requiring special generosity:
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