motion to do

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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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