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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
References in classic literature ?
I don't want to!" Raskolnikov waved him off. He had listened with disgust to Razumihin's efforts to be playful about his purchases.
The old gentleman followed, and was about to speak, when Ralph waved him off impatiently, and said:
He retired in 1997 and while the brothers kept in contact over the years through regular letters and Christmas cards they had never seen each other since Danny waved him off 56 years ago.
Seven-year-old Leah stocked up on hugs from her dad, Lance Corporal Thomas Knox, as she waved him off.
The source added that Bieber was nodding and smiling in DiCaprio direction, but DiCaprio just shook his head no and waved him off.
Mum Sarah Howarth said: "A very proud mum, dad and brother Toby waved him off on his first day."
That is not to say he did not experience those inevitable mixed emotions as his young family waved him off.
On Friday, zoo managers Joyce and Robin Roberts waved him off, as he was taken to live with a family of gibbons at Twycross Zoo.
The AC waved him off. SrA Rutledge immediately notified the TA NCOIC, TSgt Michael Leach.
His family waved him off on his trip to London, oblivious to his intentions.
She had waved him off that morning and gone back to bed where she died.
On the day of her death her husband said she was in high spirits and waved him off as he went to work.
She'd argued that it was obviously a mistake as only a couple of hours before, she'd waved him off on a walk with his dog.
Staff and children waved him off in a classic car sent by Coventry Transport Museum to collect him as a surprise treat.
And so I waved him off as he ran out of the bar declaring his undying love for her and vowing to win her back.