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plural noun
a gesture in which two fingers of each hand draw quotation marks in the air, used when uttering a word or phrase one does not think is appropriate or accurate.Compare scare quotes.
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Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?
Also called finger quotes.

Origin of air quotes

First recorded in 1985–90
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