wave back

wave back

1. To wave one's hand back and forth in response to someone else. I waved back at the man, even though I had no idea who he was. The sight of my parents waving goodbye on the pier as my ship pulled away broke my heart, and I could barely remain composed enough to wave back.
2. To wave one's hand as a signal for someone or something to move back (from someone or something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "wave" and "back." Several people started crowding around the injured man, so I waved them back to give him some space. A police officer stood in the road waving cars away from the scene of the accident.
See also: back, wave
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wave someone back (from something)

to motion someone to move back from something. The police officer waved the curious onlookers back from the scene of the crime. The students started to go onstage, but the teacher waved them back.
See also: back, wave

wave back (at someone)

to return someone's hand signal of greeting. I waved back at her, but she didn't see me. She didn't wave back.
See also: back, wave
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As long as the crowds below continue to look up and wave back they will always be paying for the privilege to do so.
When Kaiser Franz Joseph drove through the streets of his town in a car, throwing sweets and waving at the children, Kristal was there to wave back. His father, however, was soon recruited by the army and died in the war.
"Well you can still wave out the back of a car, just don't expect anyone to wave back," retorts Wills.
The captain was on the tannoy shouting loudly: "There is Bob Monkhouse - wave back. He never lets us down.
Her famous blond hair, always swept tightly to her head, was an iconic image of the 1980s but no matter how many times the stylists waved her hair, the public were never going to wave back. s s
Mary's Hospital in London with the newborn royal baby, the child is seen giving what looks like a brief wave back to the huge crowd waiting outside.
If those people dont wave back, the man may think they didnt remember him - or alternatively, he may think theyre snubbing him.
I waved but when he didn't wave back, it aroused my suspicions straight away because obviously this guy didn't want me to see him.
I went to wave back but my hand flopped out the window.
If I forget to wave back (in an effort not to back into the wall), there are tears and sometimes I remember half way out and have to pull back in and repeat the farewell ritual all over again, to satisfy small hearts.
President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali walked through November 7 Avenue to wave back to the greetings of citizens who flocked enthusiastically in order to express delight at meeting him.
"At other circuits you wave to the crowd and only two wave back - the others are wearing Ferrari gear.
Quite a few respond with a big grin and a hearty wave back.