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wave off

1. To signal with one's hand for someone or something to stand back or move away. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wave" and "off." The police officer stood at the entrance of the building waving off onlookers and reporters. I had to keep waving the birds off as they tried to get some of the food from our picnic.
2. To dismiss, ignore, or evade something, especially a question. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wave" and "off." The president waved the question off and moved on to the next one. Please don't just wave off this issue during the meeting—people deserve an answer.
3. To signal goodbye to someone as they depart. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wave" and "off." You used to be able to go all the way to the gate of the airplane to wave people off, but now you can't even go through security with them. We all stood outside the house waving off our guests as they drove away.
See also: off, wave

wave someone or something off

to make a signal with the hand for someone or something to remain at a distance. There was someone standing in front of the bridge, waving everyone off. The bridge must have collapsed. He waved off all the traffic.
See also: off, wave

wave off

v.
1. To dismiss or refuse something or someone by waving the hand or arm: The celebrity waved off our invitation to join our group. The bus driver waved us off and refused to stop.
2. Sports To cancel or nullify something by waving the arms, usually from a crossed position: The official waved off the goal because time had run out. The referee waved the penalty off after reviewing the play.
3. To acknowledge someone's departure by waving the hand or arm: We went down to the train station to wave off the politician. We waved our guests off at the airport.
See also: off, wave
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On Sunday, crowds gathered at Popham Airfield, in Hampshire, to wave him off before he left to fly across the Channel from Goodwood, Sussex, yesterday.
All his friends and supporters can then wave him off with their good wishes.
Rain Price's dad Dale wears a different fancy dress costume to wave him off on the school bus each morning - for the sole purpose of embarrassing him.
This captivating film chronicles the trip in its entirety, from the years of planning and preparation preceding the journey, to the poignant family saga following his parents and friends after they wave him off.
My son Shane Jnr is working in Somerset now and, while it was heart-rending to wave him off and I miss him like mad, I'm so proud, too.
He feels dejected when CID halfheartedly wave him off, but at least he and DI Sam Nixon (Lisa Maxwell) have a heart to heart.