shake (one's) 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?
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shake one's head

Express disapproval, dissent, or doubt, as in That announcement had us shaking our heads in dismay. This expression, which can be used both literally (for moving one's head from side to side) and figuratively, dates from about 1300.
See also: head, shake

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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I shook my head, he frowned, "Why you here killing friends?
In reading the May interview with Father John Dear, I sadly shook my head that someone of his intelligence could think that Jesus was a pacifist.
I should have just shook my head and just walked away.
Aunt Ida asked, and as I shook my head in denial, the quick light in her deep eyes faded.
You should eat something," she said, but I shook my head.
We were holding her up and I looked at John and shook my head, like, `That's it.