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wave away

1. To wave one's hand as a signal for someone or something to move away (from someone or something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "wave" and "away." He came up to talk to me while I was still studying the report, so I had to just wave him away. A police officer stood in the road waving cars away from the scene of the accident.
2. To wave one's hand around in the air in order to dispel something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wave" and "away." We spent the entire afternoon trudging through the swamp, waving away the flies and mosquitos. I need both my hands to fix this motor, so would you mind waving that smoke away from my face for me?
3. To dismiss or disregard something with an indifferent, apathetic, or aloof attitude or demeanor. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wave" and "away." I tried to warn the boss about the financial implications of such a move, but he just waved away my concerns. You can't just keep waving these problems away, Sarah. You'll have to deal with them eventually.
See also: away, wave

wave someone or something away (from someone or something)

to make a signal with the hand for someone or something to move away from someone or something. The officer waved us away from the intersection where we were about to turn left. The guard waved away the traffic from the intersection.
See also: away, wave
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Full of scandalous gossip and revealing pictures of young ladies, the well-to-do members of the Welsh establishment who frequent the Eisteddfod wave away the magazine.
The Federation forces finally manage to turn the existing wave away from Earth and to destroy the source that created it before any more waves can be set loose.
GILLINGHAM ended a four-match losing run with their third home win of the season, but Rotherham were furious about Surrey referee David Crick's decision to wave away appeals for a stoppage-time penalty.
Then in the 30th minute Macc defender Ray Ingram seemed to handle in the box only for the referee again to wave away appeals.
The time it would take to review a play would probably be shorter than the time it currently takes the referee to wave away complaining players and get the spot kick taken.
So, Stamford Bridge regulars, unfurl those shiny new Blue Is The Colour flags and wave away. Tomorrow: Reclaiming the Community Shield.
Martin Butler looked odds on to extend the lead, but was felled by Phil Gulliver inside the box only for the referee to wave away Walsall's penalty appeal.
Trinity had the better of the first half and Billy Stewart, in the Marine goal, was relieved to see a rasping shot from Lee Ellington come back off a post after 20 minutes and the referee wave away strong appeals for a penalty for tripping minutes later.
Barker headed goalwards from a free-kick and the ball rebounded off the far post appeared to have crossed the line, only for referee Keith Hill and his assistant to wave away the Millers' appeals.
Senator Mitchell said: "Neither I nor anyone else has a magic wand that will wave away these problems.