Main definitions of arm-waving in English

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arm-waving1

noun

  • 1The action of waving or gesturing with the arms; an instance of this.

  • 2The use of insubstantial, unsupported, or sensational arguments or claims, especially in scientific discourse; an instance of this.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From arm + waving.

Pronunciation

arm-waving

/ˈɑːmˌweɪvɪŋ/

Main definitions of arm-waving in English

: arm-waving1arm-waving2

arm-waving2

adjective

  • 1That waves or gestures with the arms; characterized by such gestures.

  • 2Using or involving insubstantial, unsupported, or sensational arguments or claims, especially in scientific discourse.

Origin

Late 19th century. From arm + waving.

Pronunciation

arm-waving

/ˈɑːmˌweɪvɪŋ/