motion to one side(redirected from motioned them to one side)
motion to one side
To indicate with one's body language for someone to move to one side, especially to be out of the way or earshot of others. A noun or pronoun can be used either before or after "to one side." The driver of the car flashed his badge to the security guard and motioned him to one side. The principal motioned to one side the teacher so she could speak to him in private.
motion someone to one sideand motion someone to the side
to give someone a hand signal to move to the side of something, such as the road. (Very similar to motion someone aside.) The cop motioned her to the side of the road. Claire motioned Fred to one side, where she spoke to him.