Definition of Australian salute in English:

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Australian salute

Entry from British & World English dictionary


Australian humorous
A wave of the hand to brush flies off the face.
Example sentences
  • This costly experiment was supposed to offer the national capital a reprieve from yet another summer filled with the unofficial Australian salute.
  • It has been said that the official Australian salute consists of a frantic waving of a hand over your face which also serves to frighten off the flies, but only for about a third of a second.
  • ‘We just do the Australian salute,’ they say, giving a languid wave in front of the face.
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