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gesture

 [jes´cher]
an act made or something said to signify intention or attitude.
suicidal gesture a more serious warning than a suicide threat; it may be followed by a planned suicidal act that attracts attention without seriously injuring the subject.

ges·ture

(jes'chŭr),
1. Any movement expressive of an idea, opinion, or emotion.
2. An act.
[L. gestus, movement, gesture]

gesture

1. A body movement that helps to express or conceal thoughts or emphasize speech. See: body language
2. An act, written or spoken, to indicate a feeling.
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Deploying the time-honored thumbs-up, thumbs-down technique used by critics around the world, our bleary-eyed reviewers present their opinions of the new fall series.
The finance ministers meeting in Brussels will also attempt to talk up the euro while considering whether more intervention buying is needed if the Danish thumbs-down triggers a new low in the currency's fortunes.
The thumbs-down comes in the wake of polls conducted by the Mellman Group and Wirthlin Worldwide that found 82 percent of Americans favor ratification of the international agreement to ban nuclear weapons test explosions.
A merger may get a thumbs-down if advisers are not familiar with antitrust economics.
THE public has given a massive thumbs-down to doctors' plans to snatch vital organs from dead patients.
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After getting a thumbs-down from critics, Charlotte said she was delighted with her win.
don't think I've seen anybody give us a thumbs-down or a middle finger.
Shares in the LSE fell 8% last week as analysts revealed that shareholders who gave the thumbs-down to a recent Deutsche Boerse bid own as much as a third of Euronext, which runs the Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Lisbon stock exchanges
People in Gateshead have given a thumbs-down to congestion charges or road tolls in the borough.
Unfazed, he reapplied every year until 1997, but kept getting the thumbs-down.
He added: "It is essential the next election gives a clear thumbs-down to what the Conservative Party stand for.