Definition of Mexican wave in English:

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Mexican wave



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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • As we walked on the court the crowd started doing Mexican waves and that went on the whole match.


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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