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verbwigwags, wigwagging, wigwagged[no object]
1North American informal Move to and fro.
quiver, shake, tremble, quaver, waver, shiver, shudder, judder, jiggle, wobble
- ‘the wipers were wigwagging to keep the windscreen clear’
- ‘Their tails popped up reflexively, almost absurdly long and white, and wigwagged out of sight.’
- ‘Only the ‘dawgs’ will run up on you rappin', walking backwards in front of you, them wigwagging and yapping like little Collie dogs.’
- 1.1Signal by waving something.
- ‘Ned furiously wigwagged at her’
- ‘Opening the plane's window, I waved at the Dykeses and wigwagged my wings to let them know I saw them.’
- ‘When the small plane crossed paths with military helicopters, as happened two or three times, the researchers held on as Mr. Giles wigwagged to signal he had seen them.’
- ‘Under ideal conditions, a message could be wigwagged over distances of ten to fifteen miles at about three words per minute.’
Late 16th century reduplication of wag.
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