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Air quotes

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.
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Contemporary Examples

You supply the air quotes to go around researching and industrial.
PJ’s Political Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads P. J. O’Rourke March 13, 2014

plural noun

a twitching movement of the first and second fingers of both hands to quote another or to emphasize or be sarcastic about a statement
Usage Note


noun phrase

A twitching movement of the first and second fingers of each hand to quote another or emphasize or e sarcasti about a statement


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