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hand waving

noun
1.
insubstantial words, arguments, gestures, or actions used in an attempt to explain or persuade.
Also, hand-waving, handwaving [hand-wey-ving] /ˈhændˌweɪ vɪŋ/ (Show IPA).
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  • Had I not seen your hand waving from the doorway, I should have spoken.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • This continued until he saw a woman's hand waving from a cab.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • There was his head out of the window and his hand waving long before the train pulled up.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • To the movements of Carmencita's hand waving him away he paid no attention.

    How It Happened Kate Langley Bosher
  • Her nostrils were dilated, her eyes flashing fire, her lips slightly protruded and parted, her hand waving him off.

    Charlemont W. Gilmore Simms
  • One flash of his electric torch showed a hand waving wildly above the surface of the water.

    Sign of the Green Arrow Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
  • As he gazed first to one side and then the other, he caught sight of a hand waving in the air.

    Boys of The Fort Ralph Bonehill
  • And Heartsease saw her mother's hand waving through the thick bars of the narrow window of the castle.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • With that she telescoped briskly, till we saw only a hand waving farewell.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough

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