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To use a particular gesture to communicate something

acknowledge

verb

to show that you are grateful to people who are clapping or cheering for you by waving your hand, nodding your head etc

beckon

verb

to signal to someone to come towards you

dig

noun

a quick push with your elbow or finger that is intended to get someone’s attention

facepalm

noun

the action of covering your face with your hand to show that you are embarrassed, annoyed, or shocked about something

flag down

to wave at the driver of a car so that they stop

hand-wringing

noun

a way of expressing that you are very worried or nervous

high five

noun

the action of holding your hand up and hitting your palm flat against that of another person, when you meet them or as a way of congratulating them

indicate

verb

to direct someone’s attention towards a particular person, place, or thing, for example with your hand or head

moon

verb

to show your naked bottom to someone as an insult or a joke

motion

verb

to move your hand or head in a particular direction, for example to point somewhere or to get someone’s attention

nod

verb

to move your head first downwards and then upwards, to answer ‘Yes’ to a question or to show that you agree, approve, or understand

nod

verb

to move your head once in a particular direction, for example to make someone look at something or to give someone a signal to do something

nod

verb

to move your head downwards and upwards as a way of saying hello, goodbye, thank you etc

nod

noun

the movement that you make when you nod your head

point

verb

to show something by holding out your finger or a long thin object

point

verb

to show a particular direction or place, usually using a sign or symbol

point

verb

to show someone the direction in which they should go

point out

to show someone who a person is or where something is

put your hand up/put up your hand

to raise your arm to show that you want to ask or answer a question, or so that someone can count you

shrug

verb

to move your shoulders up and let them drop to show that you do not know something or do not care

shrug

noun

the action of moving your shoulders up and then dropping them

spit at

to force saliva out of your mouth in the direction of someone else as an insult

stab

verb

to make a movement with your finger or a pointed object as if you are stabbing something, usually to emphasize something that you are saying

stamp

noun

an act of putting your foot down hard and noisily on something

V sign

noun

a sign meaning victory or peace, made by raising your first finger and middle finger in the shape of a ‘V’ with the back of your hand turned towards you

V sign

noun

a rude sign made by raising your first finger and middle finger in the shape of a ‘V’ with the back of your hand turned away from you

wag

verb

if a person wags a finger or wags their head, they shake it several times, usually to show that they are angry

wag

noun

a movement of your head or finger from side to side, usually to show that you are angry

wave

noun

the action of moving an object in the air, especially in order to give a signal

wave

noun

a mexican wave

wave down

to make a vehicle stop by waving your arm or hand at the driver

wave through

to make a signal with your hand that shows you are allowing a person or vehicle to go through a gate or other entrance

facepalm

verb

bat your eyes/eyelashes

to open and close your eyes very quickly several times, intending to be attractive to someone

dig someone in the ribs

to push someone with your elbow because you want to get their attention

give me five

used for asking someone to hit their open hand against yours, usually as a way of celebrating

give someone the bird

to hold up your middle finger as a very rude sign

give someone the finger

to express anger at someone in a very rude way by holding up your longest finger towards them with your palm facing you

in acknowledgment

if you move your hand or head in acknowledgment of someone, you do it in order to show that you have seen them, or have paid attention to what they are saying

punch the air

to show that you are very pleased by punching the air with your fist (=closed hand)

raise your thumb

to point your thumb upwards in order to show that you approve of something or that there are no problems

shake your finger (at someone)

to point your finger at someone and move it up and down quickly as a way of showing that you do not approve of what they are doing

shake your fist (at someone)

to shake your closed hand in the direction of another person as a way of showing that you are angry at them

shake your head

to show you do not understand something by turning your head from side to side

shake your head

to say no by turning your head from side to side

jerk/jab/cock your thumb

to point your thumb at someone or something in order to show that you are talking about them

put/stick two fingers up at someone

to express anger at someone in a very rude way by holding up your first two fingers in the shape of a ‘V’ with your palm facing you

stick your tongue out (at someone)

to move your tongue quickly out of your mouth as an insult

take a bow

to give a bow at the end of a performance, to thank the audience

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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