high sign

high sign
noun
a silent signal of warning or recognition
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she started to speak but he gave her the high sign

Hypernyms: ↑signal, ↑signaling, ↑sign

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noun
: signal; especially : a warning or informing signal given stealthily or with gestures — usually used in the phrase give the high sign

gave her the high sign when the plainclothes police … had gone off to supper — Ida A. R. Wylie

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a gesture, glance, or facial expression used as a surreptitious signal to warn, admonish, or inform.
[1900-05]

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high sign noun (N American)
A signal, often surreptitious, of warning or indicating that it is safe to proceed
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Main Entry:high

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n. informal a surreptitious gesture, often prearranged, giving warning or indicating that all is well

I'm getting the high sign from my secretary-gotta go


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