Heimlich sign

Heimlich sign

Etymology: H.J. Heimlich; L, signum
a universal distress signal that a person is choking and unable to speak, made by grasping the throat with a thumb and index finger, thereby attracting the attention of others nearby. Also called universal choking signal.
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Heimlich signs the bill, takes a sip of water, and opens his fortune cookie.