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Gestures used to say hello or goodbye

air kiss

noun

a way of greeting someone by almost kissing them but not really touching them. This word often shows that the greeting is not sincere.

air kissing

noun

the action of greeting someone by almost kissing them but not really touching them. This word often shows that the greeting is not sincere.

bob

noun

a short quick movement of the head down and then back up again as a way of greeting someone or showing agreement or respect

glad-hand

verb

if a politician glad-hands people at a public event, they shake hands with them and appear friendly, often in a way that is not honest

handshake

noun

the act of shaking someone’s hand, for example as a greeting

kiss

verb

to touch someone with your lips when you say hello or goodbye to them

namaste

interjection

used for greeting someone with respect, especially when you put your hands together in a movement which is called a namaskar

nod

verb

to move your head downward and upward as a way of saying hello, goodbye, thank you, etc.

salaam

noun

a greeting used by Muslim people for showing respect

salaam

verb

to show respect for someone by greeting them with the Muslim custom of bending forward at the waist and putting your hand on your forehead

wave

noun

a movement of your hand used for saying hello or goodbye to someone or for giving a signal

wave

verb

to move your hand to say hello or goodbye or as a signal

wave off

to say goodbye to someone by waving as they leave

air-kiss

verb

blow (someone) a kiss

to kiss your hand and pretend to blow or throw the kiss to someone

bob your head

to move your head down and then back up again in a short quick movement as a way of greeting someone or showing agreement or respect

extend your hand

to hold out your hand to someone so they can shake it as a greeting

kiss someone goodbye

to kiss someone when you leave them or when they leave you

offer someone your hand

to hold out your hand in order to shake hands with someone

press the flesh

if a politician or other famous person presses the flesh, they meet and shake hands with a lot of people because they want to appear friendly and popular

shake hands (with someone)

to hold someone’s hand and move it up and down several times as a way of greeting them or of showing that you agree to something

tip your hat

to touch or raise your hat as a polite greeting

wave goodbye (to someone)

to wave your hand when you leave someone or when they leave you

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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to gossip or share personal information with someone …

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