New Word #76: Common Gestures

With Hands

hand in hand: (of two people) with hands joined, especially as a mark of affection.

wring one’s hands: clasp and twist one’s hands together as a gesture of great distress, especially when one is powerless to change the situation. “she was wringing her hands in agitation”

tightfisted: not willing to spend or give much money; miserly. “tightfisted to the point of miserliness”

Caught with your hand in the cookie jar: It is used to say that someone has been stealing or doing something wrong: He only returned the money when he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

a hands-off approach: A hands-off approach to something means not being personally or directly involved in.

hands-on experience: Hands-on experience involves actually doing a particular thing, rather than just talking about it or getting someone else to do it

With Arms

akimbo: with hands on the hips and elbows turned outward.

give somebody the elbow: to tell someone to go away. She gave him the elbow after he lied to her.

flail: wave or swing or cause to wave or swing wildly.This word is not exclusively about arms but it is often used with arms. “his arms were flailing helplessly”

With Legs

jump, hop, leap, skip: “Jump”is an action performed by pushing yourself off the ground using your feet. “Hop” is a quick jump or series of jumps. Usually do it with one foot in the same place. “Skip” is a small quick jump after each step. And “Leap” is a large jump from a place to another.

tiptoe: walk quietly and carefully with one’s heels raised and one’s weight on the balls of the feet.

toe the line: accept the authority, principles, or policies of a particular group, especially under pressure.

kick the habit: overcome or give up a habit

kickback: (informal) a payment made to someone who has facilitated a transaction or appointment, especially illicitly. “the ruling party depends on contributions and kickbacks”

sidekick: (informal) a person’s assistant or close associate, especially one who has less authority than that person. “Sherlock Holmes’ bumbling sidekick Watson”

kick in: to begin operating or having an effect

kick off: (of a football game, soccer game, etc.) be started or resumed after a score by a player kicking the ball from a designated spot. “there are five games kicking off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon”

leaps and bounds: rapidly, or in fast progress. “The corn is growing by leaps and bounds.”

With Body

stoop: 1. bend one’s head or body forward and downward. “he stooped down and reached toward the coin”. 2. lower one’s moral standards so far as to do something reprehensible.”Craig wouldn’t stoop to thieving”. The second meaning is more often used.

sprawl: to lie or sit with arms and legs spread out. It is more often used on a city or a development. For example, the sprawling city

prostrate: lying stretched out on the ground with one’s face downward.

supine: (of a person) lying face upward.

prone: Regarding body positioning, prone generally means lying face down, supine means lying face up, and prostrate means stretched out lying flat, often submissively.

curl up: to sit or lie in a position with your arms and legs close to your body: She curled up on the couch to watch TV.

hands on hips: The hands on hips pose is one of the most common body language gestures that we encounter.

sedentary: (of a person) tending to spend much time seated; somewhat inactive. “we all walk a certain amount every day even if we are sedentary”

30 thoughts on “New Word #76: Common Gestures

        1. Thank you so much Terveen. I don’t know how to express my gratitude. I am so grateful. You have been encourage me all along to write more and to write better. What a wonderful editor you are. You are a source of inspiration to fledgling writers like me.

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        1. Thank you for sharing. I really don’t know. None of my friends use it. So I am just as ignorant as my own circle. LOL. Wish you have a great time with your messaging. I think that’s a great idea to record your thoughts or phrases into a recording system. Brilliant.


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