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wave down

To signal with one's hand for someone or something to stop or come over to one's location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wave" and "down." I managed to wave a car down to help me fix my tire on the side of the road. We're already running late, so let's just wave down a cab.
See also: down, wave

wave down

v.
To signal and cause someone or something to stop by waving the hand or arm: I waved down a cab. The stranded motorist waved a police car down.
See also: down, wave
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But she was waved down by another customs officer while driving her illegallyregistered BMW in October 2011.
But she woke up and waved down help from a passing driver.
Scott, 26, waved down a passing fire engine and the couple were rushed to Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire.
Barson told magistrates he stopped his car after being waved down by a girl standing in Britannia Street.
The children ran to a nearby road and waved down a motorist who raised the alarm.
They hit traffic with 12 miles to go and she waved down PC Donaghy who was passing in his patrol car.
But the plucky pensioner was determined she wasn't going to let her family down so she waved down a passing JCB and hitched a lift in its bucket.