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beau geste

[boh zhest] /boʊ ˈʒɛst/
plural beaux gestes
[boh zhest] /boʊ ˈʒɛst/ (Show IPA).
a fine or noble gesture, often futile or only for effect. Unabridged
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  • Maybe you remember seeing him act in the film called "beau geste."

    Shaun O'Day of Ireland Madeline Brandeis
  • His renunciation had in it that of the beau geste which she secretly adored.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • But this was the beau geste of a contemporary who wished to appear broad-minded.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • The dresser loudly acclaimed Madame's action as a beau geste.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for beau geste

beau geste

/bo ʒɛst/
noun (pl) beaux gestes (bo ʒɛst)
a noble or gracious gesture or act, esp one that is meaningless
Word Origin
literally: beautiful gesture
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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