shake your head

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shake (one's) head

1. Literally, to rotate one's head back and forth (to the left and to the right) to indicate a negative response, disagreement, or disapproval. When I asked the little girl if she knew where her mommy was, she just shook her head. I see you back there shaking your head no. Is there something you disagree with?
2. To express confusion or bewilderment about something that has just happened or been revealed. This usage does not always indicate a literal movement of the head. When he abruptly exited the meeting without explanation, we all just sat there shaking our heads. Just shaking my head right now. What was that all about?
See also: head, shake
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shake your ˈhead

move your head from side to side as a way of saying ‘no’, or to show sadness, disagreement, disapproval, etc: She didn’t say anything — she just shook her head and sighed.
See also: head, shake
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Slowly shake your head back and forth and give the gap a look that says, "I've got this." If you have a friend filming you this is a perfect time to look at him, raise your finger and say "one more" (it also helps to think in slow motion).
I suspect most of you just shake your heads in disbelief when you hear how deep the general hostility toward corporations is, assuming it will never affect your bottom line.