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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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A merger may get a quick thumbs-down simply because the investment banker and attorneys were not familiar with the economics of antitrust.
Therefore, heterosexual non-married couples get the thumbs-down too.
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Many opponents of the controversial treaty are keen to have a referendum, in which they believe the British public will give the thumbs-down to the document.
He is urging people in the North East to give this the thumbs-down and says petition forms are available from his office.
Unfazed, he reapplied every year until 1997, but kept getting the thumbs-down.
SOL Campbell has given Arsenal the thumbs-down - and put the minds of worried Spurs' fans at ease.
A TASK force has been appointed to try to put Dunfermline on the map after a survey gave it the thumbs-down as a tourist attraction.
THE public has given a massive thumbs-down to doctors' plans to snatch vital organs from dead patients.
DOCTORS' plans to take vital organs from dead patients without prior permission have been given the thumbs-down by the public.