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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 ?
Gradgrind frowned, and waved off the objectionable calling with his hand.
WELL-WISHERS have waved off the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as it set sail for sea trials.
WELL-WISHERS have waved off the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, as she set sail for sea trials.
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays waved off its first ever flight to Izmir in Turkey on Wednesday, the first of four it will launch from Manchester.
Charges of Nautical mile per passenger has been waved off, he added.
He said that all the people, whether from the opposition or the ruling party, accused of corrupt besides those getting huge bank loan waved off and transferring their wealth to foreign lands, must be brought to accountability.
Blackstone Group, which is relying on Saudi Arabia to contribute half of the money for its expected $40B infrastructure fund, waved off concerns about funding even as controversy escalated over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and frayed relations between Wall Street and the kingdom, Reuters reports, citing COO Jonathan Gray.
As per FBR, transfer fee would be waved off for those who have filed tax returns in fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 on 850cc vehicles whereas non-filers would pay Rs5000 in same regard.
virginatlantic.com | Actress Denise Van Outen waved off 192 children on the British Airways jumbo jet Dreamflight from Heathrow to Florida.
The athletes left town, waved off at Glasgow airport by a random Highland cow which seems perfectly in keeping with the exuberant spirit that filled the city over the last fortnight.
WE TRIED To REMAIN CALM as we racked our brains as to why we were getting waved off when we were feet, maybe inches, from landing.
Doreen, who still lives locally, gave a speech to the crowd and waved off the first train of the day.
He further announced that if his party wins the upcoming assembly elections, then farmers' loan up to 50, 000 would be waved off.
Summary: Berlin, 11 Muharram 1432 H./ 17 December 2010, SPA -- German business confidence jumped more than expected in December, according to a key survey released Friday, as industry leaders waved off concerns about the economic threat posed by Europe&'s debt crisis, according...
Yesterday Kevin and Abigail waved off workers from Crest Co-operative in Llandudno Junction, where Kevin is site manager, on their walk.