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wave someone or something off

to make a signal with the hand for someone or something to remain at a distance. There was someone standing in front of the bridge, waving everyone off. The bridge must have collapsed. He waved off all the traffic.
See also: off, wave

wave off

v.
1. To dismiss or refuse something or someone by waving the hand or arm: The celebrity waved off our invitation to join our group. The bus driver waved us off and refused to stop.
2. Sports To cancel or nullify something by waving the arms, usually from a crossed position: The official waved off the goal because time had run out. The referee waved the penalty off after reviewing the play.
3. To acknowledge someone's departure by waving the hand or arm: We went down to the train station to wave off the politician. We waved our guests off at the airport.
See also: off, wave
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A pretty bold statement and bold plan that might be easy to wave off, except that there has already been such heavy government support and public acceptance.
The demonstration unit currently controls a cell phone mounted in the vehicle and allows drivers to literally wave off incoming calls with a dismissive motion.
Daniel's father will take part in the event, driving the second leg in a yellow Reliant Regal van, and Daniel will wave off the cars on Sunday morning.
This leaves them at sea, and being busy people themselves who don't have time to go through a thick school text - which they think should be handled by the school administrators anyway - they shrug their shoulders and wave off any interest.
As Dash 2, I had to wave off twice before I could land.
Now it's time to wave off another noughties phenomenon, Ugly Betty.