handwaving


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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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Use of a modeling system can result in better communication with customers when design changes to enhance castability can be demonstrated with an animated display rather than handwaving.
The Arsenal boss' act of handwaving histrionics every time there is a perceived injustice against the Gunners lends itself perfectly to the cheeky chant and jig that the Bluenoses created during last weekend's 1-1 draw.
But there is no such thing as magic--only misdirection, handwaving to draw the eye here while something prosaic and comprehensible is happening there.
It left the former Manchester United player in obvious, handwaving pain on the floor, but he was able to continue after a couple of minutes' treatment.
Of course, you aren't going to get club dancing, bum-revolving, handwaving stuff it's got to be more Riverdance if you want the pad to pick up your steps and score.
The shortened commercial shows the two teens flirting in class, but cuts out the handwaving, the gum confiscation and the phone number.