handwaving


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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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This is because, handwaving and bald assertion aside, there have been few successful attempts at carrying out the hypothesized reductions.
I'm still somewhat skeptical because of all the handwaving and hyperbole associated with the phenomenon, but I also wonder what might occur with Brown's gas where the working fluid is composed of heavy water - [D.
A handwaving appeal to the way that physicists treat diffeomorphic models of General Relativity won't do to justify their position, nor can they remain silent on the issue.
I'd choose words like heartfelt, handwaving, quiet-spirited homebodies who share and share alike.
HB: I would hope I'd have to do very little handwaving now, but let's look at page 132:
Ashbery's explicit use of ambivalence, and his availability to natural noise," makes for a high degree of ambiguity, but also for "information" (however potentially spurious the handwaving involved in attempting to translate information into "meaning").
As the Northern branch plants head farther south and the footloose microchip manufacturers come and go, the boosters have gone from bring-in-the-New-South handwaving to white-knuckled comparisons with Mexico.
Use of a modeling system can result in better communication with customers when design changes to enhance castability can be demonstrated with an animated display rather than handwaving.
While the handwaving this set off was not very scientific, it was reasonable.