shake one's head


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shake one's head

Express disapproval, dissent, or doubt, as in That announcement had us shaking our heads in dismay. This expression, which can be used both literally (for moving one's head from side to side) and figuratively, dates from about 1300.
See also: head, shake
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Chamberlain's impression and shake one's head about such naivety.
But to shake one's head in disgust and then forget about it would be unforgiveable.
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King's reminder that it isn't always enough to shake one's head at injustice.