hand waving


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hand waving

n.
Insubstantial words or actions intended to convince or impress: resorted to hand waving instead of arguing rationally.
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Wemmick's conservatory, when I saw her face at the coach window and her hand waving to me.
With thank yous, smiles and hand waving, the lady and her hairy, wet companion went on their merry way.
So doing my bit for neighbourly relations, with thank yous, smiles and hand waving, the lady and her hairy wet companion went on their merry way.
In between discussing developments unfolding in the political and business scene and sharing the sumptuous Chinese dishes, the ambassador shared with us the latest Oishi product -- "Hi," with the graphically designed hand waving, the newest three-in-one instant coffee in the domestic market.
His father answered it was because he had autism, adding "Hand waving is called stimming.
By the time the bus pulled out of the yard with the last little hand waving bye, farmer and dairy man were ready for a rest.
Who says 'no' to a fiver?" A hand waving in the gloom.
3 represents a sequence of depth body shapes from both hand waving and sitting down activities respectively
Tujia hand waving dance into song and dance and folk sports and entertainment in a body, is the most representative of the Tujia traditional culture (Chen, 2012).
Even a bare hand waving a bugle tube or cow call around can easily catch the eye of a nervous bull elk, even before he's close.
I recently stopped watching one of my favorite TV shows because the hand waving is too distracting.