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poetry in motion

Something that is very elegant, graceful, and/or beautiful to observe, especially dance or the performing arts. The ballet was sublime to watch, truly poetry in motion.
See also: motion

the wheels are in motion

Things have begun developing, unfolding, or progressing. If you're going to act, you have to do it now, but once the wheels are in motion, there is no going back! Boss: "Jeff, what's the status of our new deployment strategy?" Jeff: "The wheels are in motion, we're just waiting for some final tests from the development team."
See also: motion, wheel

it's not the meat, it's the motion

It's not what you have, it's how you use it. The phrase is often used in a sexual way (as "meat" is a slang term for "penis"). Don't be discouraged—it's not the meat, it's the motion!
See also: motion, not

go through the motions

Fig. to make a feeble effort to do something; to do something insincerely or in cursory fashion. Jane isn't doing her best. She's just going through the motions. Bill was supposed to be raking the yard, but he was just going through the motions.
See also: motion, through

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.
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motion someone aside

to give a hand signal to someone to move aside. (See also motion someone to one side.) He motioned her aside and had a word with her. I motioned aside the guard and asked him a question.
See also: aside, motion

motion someone away from someone or something

to give a hand signal to someone to move away from someone or something. She motioned me away from Susan. The police officer motioned the boys away from the wrecked car.
See also: away, motion

motion someone to one side

 and 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.
See also: motion, one, side

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.
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set something in motion

to start something moving. The mayor set the project in motion by digging the first shovelful of soil. I cannot set the procedure in motion until I receive a purchase order.
See also: motion, set

table a motion

to postpone the discussion of something during a meeting. Mary suggested that they should table the motion. The motion for a new policy was tabled until the next meeting.
See also: motion, table

go through the motions

Do something perfunctorily, or merely pretend to do it. For example, The team is so far behind that they're just going through the motions, or She didn't really grieve at his death; she just went through the motions. [c. 1800]
See also: motion, through

set in motion

Start something moving, give impetus to something, as in A press conference set the new project in motion. It is also put as set the wheels in motion, as in Let's set the wheels in motion for the new library wing. This idiom dates from about 1800. It was preceded by put in motion, which dates from the mid-1600s.
See also: motion, set

wheels in motion

see under set in motion.
See also: motion, wheel

go through the motions

COMMON If you go through the motions, you do something that you have to do or are expected to do, but without any real effort or enthusiasm. Students who did attend classes with any regularity seemed to be just going through the motions. `You don't really care, do you?' she said quietly.`You're just going through the motions.'
See also: motion, through

set the wheels in motion

If you set the wheels in motion you do what is necessary to start something happening. So if you'll just sign the agreement, we'll set the wheels in motion. By 1971 Bridget's mother had set the wheels in motion to divorce Tayar. Note: The verb put is sometimes used instead of set. Less than 30 days after becoming leader of his party, he put the wheels in motion to forge a merger with the Alliance. Note: You can also say that the wheels are in motion. Sources indicated the wheels are in motion for the two sides to meet following tomorrow's Grey Cup game.
See also: motion, set, wheel


n. gasoline; motor fuel. (Citizens band radio.) Let’s stop up ahead for some motion-lotion.

go through the motions

To do something in a mechanical manner indicative of a lack of interest or involvement.
See also: motion, through

set in motion

To give impetus to: The indictment set the judicial process in motion.
See also: motion, set
References in classic literature ?
I had scarcely stepped from my wooden bed of horror upon the stone floor of the prison, when the motion of the hellish machine ceased and I beheld it drawn up, by some invisible force, through the ceiling.
The houses and the signs of life apparent in the village drove the alarmed birds from the direct line of their flight, toward the mountains, along the sides and near the bases of which they were glancing in dense masses, equally wonderful by the rapidity of their motion and their incredible numbers.
But now it gives me sore thoughts when I hear the frighty things whizzing through the air, for I know it’s only a motion to bring out all the brats of the village.
This motion, faithful to the laws of mechanics, would have been accelerated with the diminution of its volume; and a moment would have arrived when the centrifugal force would have overpowered the centripetal, which causes the molecules all to tend toward the center.
In their turn, again, these rings of cosmical matter, excited by a rotary motion about the central mass, would have been broken up and decomposed into secondary nebulosities, that is to say, into planets.
You shall see it; only I shall not give you the real course drawn by the projectile between the moon and the earth in considering their motion round the sun.
In addition, consumer motions sensors have also emerged as one of the integral components of consumer electronic devices.
Grade: 5-8: motions and forces abilities of technological design
Energetically, there is no difference between the two motions, but once you start the wheel spinning in one direction, there is no classical way to get it spinning in the other direction without stopping the wheel first.
A jolt of energy injected into a classical heat bath--as would happen by, say, dropping hot coals into a swimming pool--quickly peters out into random motions of molecules, slightly raising the bath's temperature.
Under the agreement, senators will convene Wednesday to vote on any motions that White House lawyers or House prosecutors may file.
A new power could not burst into the universe and change the whole nature of things by "turning [vetere] their motions," or in Pius's words "by changing the laws of motion" ("leges motus alterare").
The trick is to exploit the fact that a chaotic system already encompasses an infinite number of unstable, periodic motions, or orbits.
ActiveMotion is the first automated tool to generate arbitrary and realistic motions for any multi-articulated character in any environment.
The motions of the stars in our galaxyyield information relevant to many astrophysical and cosmological questions, particularly those involving the structure and evolution of the galaxy itself.