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handwaving

Actions, words, or ideas that are meant to impress or appear convincing but which are in reality insubstantial or inconsequential. The governor has been doing a lot of political handwaving over the issue of immigration lately, but few suspect that anything will actually be accomplished in the coming year.
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Protection of an actively developing baby with his or her unique DNA, and who can be seen thumb-sucking, hand-waving, and smiling in routine sonography.
Encourage hand-waving, amen-shouting, and dancing in the aisles during worship;
What you thought of Peter Capaldi's debut as Dr Who on BBC1 on Saturday CAPALDI is very much a Doctor in the older styles of Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton, though the hand-waving, pacing-in-panic modern element a la Matt Smith really doesn't work for him.
We think the common refrain that the "spread of neoliberal ideology" has been the deus ex machina behind the trend is analytically incomplete at best, and theoretical hand-waving at worst.
And it's not really hand-waving ambition; some of these
It gave the audience a chance to participate - putting paper sailors' hats on their heads for a hand-waving, camp-as-knickers rendition of Sailing.
So, with enthusiastic hand-waving, we can say the nova lies between 5,700 and 10,000 light years from Earth.
Steve Hamburg, chief scientist at the market-oriented Environmental Defense Fund, which helped fund the study, noted that it presents ''direct measures of things that everyone's been hand-waving about before.
The worst of it, as perfectly demonstrated by Welsh cake-fuelled Mormon Mitt Romney, is always the rousing leader's speech, complete with hand-waving family photo opportunity and balloons at the end.
Federal Reserve secrecy is justified with vague hand-waving about "saving the financial system.
and working the chants of old songs like A/B Machines into shout-along crescendos, Krauss stoked the crowd into dancing, clapping, hand-waving, screaming euphoria.
The city will host a series of events concurrently during the Spring Festival (around February), the Hand-Waving festival of Tujia ethnic group (May-June) and the Wuxi Daning River Drifting Festival (July).
TODAY it'll be hand-waving Italian, a birra or two, and possibly a bit of pasta or pizza.
Other cases included a four-year-old girl who was tied to a chair and abused, five children who were duct-taped to their desks, and a ten-year-old boy who was put in a seclusion room "75 times over a 6-month period for hours at a time for offenses such as whistling, slouching and hand-waving.
I have, in the course of my life, heard numerous other mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, do likewise: jabber away in gibberish and still be rewarded with furious hand-kicking and hand-waving that is the equivalent of an infant's applause.