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beckon to (one)

To wave or signal to one with a gesture that indicates they should come closer. I think it's safe to go over there now—the guard just beckoned to us.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

beckon to someone

to signal someone to come. Wally beckoned to Sally, and she came over to him. Lily beckoned to Max and he turned his back on her.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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According to the (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2764717/Kelly-Brook-s-beckoning-breasts-scientifically-perfect-says-plastic-surgeon-Study-finds-34-year-old-s-boobs-ideal-proportions.html) Daily Mail , the London-based plastic surgeon, Malluci, described that the "beckoning breasts" as the ideal breast proportions, with the nipple pointing 20 degree upwards.
Yesterday Cyan described how the man watched her coming out of a post office and twice drove the van alongside her and smiled while beckoning her towards the vehicle.
He would stand there fumbling through the pages of Deuteronomy and planting the words in a more solid, physical step forward, beckoning the church folk to come to him, saying: "And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live" (Deuteronomy 9:3).
I know the fears such a horror can engender; I know the demons that lurk, beckoning either to failure or to an anger that defeats and denies the hope of survival after the catastrophic loss of a limb.
Today Roscommon will be attempting to spring another surprise when they entertain DUBLIN with a place in the knock-out stages beckoning if they can make it three wins out of three.
With pounds 147,000 beckoning, plus another pounds 20,000 for the highest TV break at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, Doherty, who now meets Nigel Bond, ran out of position on the penultimate red and missed a double into a middle pocket.
It is topped by a most ingenious tensile roof which is to be made like a vast truncated wigwam: an unforgettable sky-line that, with its frilly alternating gores of glass and fabric, will glow at night, beckoning to the whole area.
James Hillman on the personality of candy wrappers, for example, rings very false (68), as do the authors when they claim that "the trash container is my blood brother of conscience, always beckoning us to keep the city clean" (117).
For those who would return from war, not least Cambridge graduates, lucrative careers were beckoning. Conner decided that, if he returned, he would be fully available to God, whatever the cost.
A swan of old remembers that it is he, Superb but helpless, for he would not sing Of regions where life still was beckoning When winter spread its sterile, cold ennui.
How we forget the bus stations of Alabama, Birmingham to Montgomery, how the Freedom Riders were abandoned to the beckoning mob, how afterwards their faces were tender and lopsided as spoiled fruit, fingers searching the mouth for lost teeth, and how the riders, descendants of Africa and Europe both, kept riding even as the mob with pleading hands wept fiercely for the ancient laws of segregation.
In the 1760s, with an invitation from Empress Catherine the Great beckoning, thousands of Germans emigrated to farm the plains near Russia's Volga River.
"Maneki Neko, the Tale of the Beckoning Cat" is a children's picture book that recounts a Japanese folk legend about a scruffy white cat with spots who came to stay with a poor monk at an obscure monastery, Kotoku Monastery.
"Shroud of Beckoning" is the first entry in the Ice Water Mansion series from Deb Woody.
When they ignored him he carried on following them and beckoning at midday on January 12 in Great Sutton, near Ellesmere Port.