“It is not fair to the horses that have been running their guts out,” Coburn said, wagging a finger.
“Matters of state are not decided on the street,” he declares, wagging a finger demonstratively.
Whenever a helicopter flew over their home in Park City, Utah, he would stare up, wagging his tail furiously.
The Arizona Republic wasted no time blasting Brewer for wagging her finger a second time—at the Dreamers.
At the time, Brewer was riding a wave of popularity after wagging her finger at the president on an airport tarmac near Phoenix.
Robin came in, wagging his tail and smiling, and behind him came Dot.
She lifted her face to the ceiling, wagging her head helplessly.
Just then the door between the two rooms was pushed open, and in walked Snap, wagging his tail.
"It's not that," said Pogson, wagging his head passionately.
But what vexed him most of all was that Mr. Riley took to following me about and wagging what he had of a tail at me.
early 13c., "waver, vacillate, lack steadfastness," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse vagga "a cradle," Danish vugge "rock a cradle," Old Swedish wagga "fluctuate"), and in part from Old English wagian "move backwards and forwards;" all from Proto-Germanic *wagojanan (cf. Old High German weggen, Gothic wagjan "to wag"), probably from PIE root *wegh- "to move about" (see weigh). Meaning "to move back and forth or up and down" is from c.1300. Wagtail is attested from c.1500 as a kind of small bird (late 12c. as a surname); 18c. as "a harlot," but seems to be implied much earlier:
If therefore thou make not thy mistress a goldfinch, thou mayst chance to find her a wagtaile. [Lyly, "Midas," 1592]Wag-at-the-wall (1825) was an old name for a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed.