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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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After a countdown, the First Lady waved us off, and 1,400 runners surged forward and filtered into the narrow, dusty track in front of us.
My mother waved us off at Hastings and then met us there again a week later, as planned.
Mother could even proofread our work, but she waved us off.
And she made all the guests laugh when she waved us off on "honeybee".
The guard still refused to let me in and waved us off, raising his voice.
My little brother Owen, who is three, was too young to go all the way so he waved us off.
Our first day, to Calais, was smooth, and from there we drove to Koblenz where we received a blue light escort into the city by local firefighters who waved us off towards Passau the next morning.
As we left, the waiter waved us off and referred to her (54 years young) as "Senora", and myself as "Senorita".
As Santa waved us off into the night, my daughter did not bat an eyelid when he wished us both a "goodnight" and a "bonne soiree".
He vaguely waved us off to find the staircase, which was hidden round a corner, and we trekked up through a chill draught.
Wyre had driven us to the airport and waved us off through departures where we joined the long queues for luggage X-rays and passport checks.
As he waved us off, I wondered how we were going to manage to get under that bridge in seven days time because, at 12ft wide, the cruiser had only a few inches clearance either side!
At the same time, the tower saw the near-collision and waved us off. Aggressively we went around and, once clear, I swallowed hard to get my heart out of my throat and back into my chest.