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An effect resembling a moving wave produced by successive sections of the crowd in a stadium standing up, raising their arms, lowering them, and sitting down again.
- ‘The Japanese were in highly excitable mood, doing Mexican waves as some local people ran around with English flags before kick-off.’
- ‘At seven for two, with victory not even a chimera, the Mexican waves from a near-capacity crowd that had retained a sense of humour were abruptly becalmed.’
- ‘When they're not starting Mexican waves and conducting audience singalongs, they're actually pretty good singers.’
- ‘I could have told them that if liberty means anything at all, it is the right not to participate in imbecile Mexican waves.’
- ‘I saw fans doing congas and Mexican waves - hopefully we can keep them smiling and happy for longer.’
- ‘When the crowd raise a Mexican wave half-an-hour in, it is pretty safe to assume that the fare being served up before them is short of compelling.’
- ‘The idea of crowds singing ‘We Will Rock You’ and making Mexican waves at jousting tournaments is not as preposterous as it sounds.’
- ‘The Mexican wave got the 32, 500 strong crowd going a bit in the 26th minute, but not like it has and should.’
- ‘As we walked on the court the crowd started doing Mexican waves and that went on the whole match.’
- ‘Only the beautiful spring sunshine, Mexican waves and occasional forays by the home team, kept the crowd amused for the last 20 minutes.’
- ‘The partisan French fans roar their support of Loeb whenever his name is mentioned and the stands are awash with Mexican waves and a carnival spirit.’
- ‘By the time their fans' boredom was expressed by the creation of a Mexican wave just 22 minutes into the tournament, Belgium had created only one attempt on goal, a drive over the bar by Derby County's Branko Strupar.’
- ‘The Mexican waves rolling around the ground may have made some noses wrinkle in the members' section, but they made the rest of us feel like an enormous welling sea-force buoying up our boys.’
- ‘Unexpectedly, a cheer tore through the crowd like a Mexican wave, my heartbeat increasing, making me feel energized and agitated, more determined than ever.’
- ‘In the closing minutes of the Denmark game on Wednesday the crowd, yawning, attempted to entertain itself with a Mexican wave.’
- ‘Christopher: All the people did a Mexican wave!’
- ‘Meanwhile the crowd are trying to do a Mexican wave…’
- ‘Not even a quarter of the way through the game yet, and the Mexican wave is already travelling around the stadium.’
- ‘But first the American fans provided the definition of un-cool by resorting to a short-lived Mexican wave.’
- ‘The crowd needed no further invitation to perform a giant Mexican wave as he flew past at almost 300 kph!’
1980s: so named because of the repeated practice of the movement at the 1986 soccer World Cup finals in Mexico City.
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