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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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Google (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) is taking a hands-off approach with its new Pixel 4 phone, rolling out a hand-waving interface that can see even smaller movements than those made by Cruise's Chief of Precrime John Anderton.
But sometimes the more traditional shouting and hand-waving is all it takes.
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.
"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.
Michael, the narrator who grew up in the 1940s London has no father, but a Maman who is French but speaks English as if it was French 'with lots of hand-waving'.
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." But corporations that lose money shouldn't be "saved." We have this thing called "bankruptcy" that transfers assets away from companies that lose money to managers that know what they're doing, and it works just fine.
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).