18 terms

hand movements: English glossary

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put your hand up
and move it from side to side
in order to attract
someone's attention
or to say goodbye
wave
move your hand,
head, etc.
to show someone
that you would like them
to come nearer
beckon
rub your skin with your nails
scratch
push your finger
or other pointed object
quickly
into someone or something
poke
show where
someone or something is
by holding your finger
or a thin object
towards it
point
press someone's skin
between your thumb and finger,
sometimes causing pain
pinch
hit someone or something
with your fist (= closed hand)
punch
hit someone with the flat,
inside part of your hand
slap
hit your hands together
to show that you have enjoyed
a performance, talk, etc.
clap
knock gently
or touch something
gently
for example with one finger
tap
touch a person or animal
with a flat hand
in a gentle, friendly way
pat
move or ​hit something
with a ​short ​sudden ​movement
flick
hit a door
with your closed hand
so that people know
you are there
knock
gently move your hand
over a surface
stroke
press your hand
or a cloth
on a surface
and move it backwards and forwards
rub
hold someone's hand
and move it up and down
when you meet them
for the first time
shake hands
shook hands
shaken hands
move your head
from side to side
to mean 'no'
shake your head
shook your head
shaken your head
hold each other's hand
hold hands
held hands
held hands