a wave of (one's)/the hand

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a wave of (one's)/the hand

1. A hand gesture by which one raises a hand and waves it from side to side, as during a greeting or farewell. She turned to me briefly as she boarded the train. Then, with a smile and a wave of the hand, she was gone.
2. A hand gesture by which one raises the back of the hand toward someone else before bringing the fingers down toward the palm. Typically used to beckon someone toward one. The traffic cop motioned me forward with a wave of his hand. She gave a wave of the hand to let me know that I should approach the counter.
3. A hand gesture by which one flicks the wrist, fanning the hand away from one's body. Often used to indicate one's dismissal of someone or rejection of something. "Please, I've heard enough," Mom said, then she sent me out of the room with a wave of the hand. A silent wave of his hand was enough to tell me that he did not want the gift.
See also: hand, of, wave
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