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    a movement that someone makes in the air with their fingers to show that what they are saying should be in quotation marks, and that it should not be taken as their real opinion or their usual way of speaking

    She always puts air quotes around the word artist when she says it, so I'm guessing she means something different.

    Submitted by Javad Hekayati from Iran, Islamic Republic of on 25/09/2016
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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