motion (for) (one) to (do something)

motion (for) (one) to (do something)

To use body language to instruct or direct one to do something. She motioned to me to be quiet as I came into the room. I motioned for the stage assistant to lower the curtains.
See also: motion
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

motion to someone

to make some sort of hand signal to a person. Did you motion to me? What do you want? I did not motion to you.
See also: motion

motion (for) someone to do something

to give someone a hand signal to do something. The minister motioned the organist to begin playing. I motioned Ken to raise the curtain so the play could begin. Sally motioned for the waiter to bring the check. I will motion to the usher and try to get him to come over here and help us.
See also: motion
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also: