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to touch someone or something gently and usually repeatedly with the hand flat


to take hold of something or someone suddenly and roughly


to slide something, especially a piece of cloth, over the surface of something else, in order to remove dirt, food or liquid


to raise your hand and move it from side to side as a way of greeting someone, telling them to do something or adding emphasis to an expression


to send something through the air with force, especially by a sudden movement of the arm


to hit something gently, and often repeatedly, especially making short sharp noises


to move a hand, another part of the body or an object gently over something or someone, usually repeatedly and for pleasure


to straighten your body or your arms or legs so that they are as long as possible, in order to exercise the joints (= place where two bones are connected) after you have been in the same place or position for a long time


to press something firmly, especially from all sides in order to change its shape, reduce its size or remove liquid from it


to hit someone with the flat part of the hand or other flat object


to press or be pressed against something with a circular or up and down repeated movement


to hit someone or something with your fist (= closed hand)


to direct other people's attention to something by holding out your finger towards it


to push something or someone gently, especially to push someone with your elbow (= the middle part of your arm where it bends) to attract their attention


to feel with your hands, especially in order to find or move towards something when you cannot see easily


to move your hand or head in a way that tells someone to come nearer


to move into a position quickly, producing a short noise as if breaking


a slow creeping mode of locomotion (on hands and knees or dragging the body)


trace a line through or across


the act of flexing

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