air quotes meaning

  "air quotes" in a sentence
n.

[plural] moving your fingers in the air in the shape of quotation marks (“ ”) while you are speaking: You use air quotes to show that this is not your opinion.

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  1. the only part of dancing with the stars that should not be set in air quotes is " with the.
  2. Cindolo Grace says, framing the words " literary friends " with air quotes.
  3. Yuppies still order designer pizzas; they just do it with air quotes to denote ironic self-awareness.
  4. They are invariably too serious or too funny or every comment comes with ironic " air quotes " around it.
  5. EO No . 01006 : All White House staff must use air quotes when they say " Mr . President ."

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