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one-finger salute

A raising of the middle finger, a rude gesture of anger, displeasure, or dismissal. The car behind me was honking at me to go faster, so I just gave him a one-finger salute.
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three-finger salute

The computer keystroke control-alt-delete, commonly used to force programs to close or the computer to restart. (A jocular play on the expression "one-finger salute," a rude raising of the middle finger to express anger, displeasure, or dismissal.) This computer is so janky that I have to give it the three-finger salute pretty much every day.
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run something up

1. Lit. to raise or hoist something, such as a flag. Harry ran the flag up the flagpole each morning. Will you please run up the flag today?
2. Fig. to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities. A rumor about higher earnings ran the price of the computer stocks up early in the afternoon. They ran up the price too high.
3. Fig. to accumulate indebtedness. I ran up a huge phone bill last month. Walter ran up a bar bill at the hotel that made his boss angry.
4. to stitch something together quickly. She's very clever. I'm sure she can run up a costume for you. The seamstress ran up a party dress in one afternoon.
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run up (to someone or something)

to run as far as someone or something and stop; to run to the front of someone or something. I ran up to the mailman and said hello to him. I ran up and said hello.
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salute someone with something

1. Lit. to greet someone with a formal hand salute. He failed to salute the officer with the proper salute and was reprimanded. David saluted the captain with the appropriate salute and passed on by.
2. Fig. to greet or honor someone with the firing of guns or an over flight of airplanes. (Military or government.) The government saluted the visiting dignitary with a twenty-one gun salute. They saluted the prime minister with a flight of acrobatic jets.
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run up

1. Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]
2. Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]
3. Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]
4. Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, "Let's try this out." The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.
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run up

1. To cause some debt to accumulate: Don't run up such a big bill next time you go out to eat! He has been running a large debt up for months.
2. To increase some value: The craze for this company's stock will run up its price. The bidders ran the price up to $100.
See also: run, up

one-finger salute

and OFS
phr. & comp. abb. the finger; the digitus impudicus. And an OFS to you, sir.
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a three-finger salute

and TFS
n. & comp. abb. The keyboard keys Control, Alternate, Delete pressed at the same time when a program fails under the Windows operating system. (This is a play on one-finger salute, the digitus impudicus.) I had to give the TFS twice before the program would run.
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With conflict still raging and soldiers, airmen, and Marines in the line of fire, the Saluting Marine shows that the price of freedom is not free and will always be paid by brave men and women fighting for the people back home.
Saluting is as simple as a few clicks, and the three cities with the most salutes will earn rewards - such as an athletic field refurbishment or athletic equipment - for their local military community from USAA.
Social media Facebook and Twitter photo contest, where people are invited to post or tweet a photo saluting a loved one in the military or veteran they would like to personally thank for a chance to win a Salute Our Troops package.
Di Canio was fined pounds 6,750 for saluting at the end of a derby with Roma in January.
This year's concert will take on added meaning in saluting all those in our nation's history who have sacrificed for the cause of freedom, justice, and liberty," said DAV National Commander George H.
In one case, I saw a parking enforcement officer who appeared to be in his 80s standing at attention saluting the motorcade, which took nearly on hour to weave its way through town.
showcased its all-American pride and passion for cheese by saluting nearly 8,000 crew, family and friends of the USS Ronald Reagan with four Sargento cheese-themed activities during the ship's July 23, 2004, Homeporting at the North Island Naval Station in Coronado, Calif.
Just a shame for Rodney that the gushing guest in question doesn't always show good taste when saluting those he admires.
GREAT TV IS BRUIN ON CBS: Each Wednesday for about six weeks, CBS' ``The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn'' has been saluting a college or university.
Air Force Experience Road Show, an interactive traveling display featuring an actual Air Force fighter jet and F-16 simulator, and a CBS television special, Saturday, May 25 saluting the men and women in the Armed Forces.
And, during that time, I was always under the impression that, when you saluted, you were not saluting the man, you were saluting the uniform.