handwaving(redirected from a lot of hand-waving)
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Actions, words, or ideas that are meant to impress or appear convincing but which are in reality insubstantial or inconsequential. (Sometimes hyphenated or spelled as two words.) 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. Enough with the hand-waving—just give me a direct answer!
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