fling up (one's) hands

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fling up (one's) hands

To toss or jerk one's hands upward, typically to convey some emotion. As the kids ran around the room shrieking, Mom just flung up her hands and shook her head. I can't hear what they're saying, but it looks like Dad just flung up his hands in anger, so that's not a good sign.
See also: fling, hand, up
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She said the beautiful trip to England was most about spoiled for her; she didn't know HOW she was ever going to be happy there, knowing the mother and the children warn't ever going to see each other no more -- and then busted out bitterer than ever, and flung up her hands, and says:
A Song Flung Up to Heaven by Maya Angelou Random House, April 2002, $22.95 ISBN 0-375-50747-7
This latest installment, A Song Flung Up to Heaven--the sixth volume of her memoirs--begins with Maya Angelou's departure from Ghana in late 1964.
A Song Flung Up to Heaven reveals what it takes to make a phenomenal woman.
See page 56 for Washingtons review of A Song Flung Up to Heaven, Maya Angelou's latest installment in her six-volume autobiography.