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as in:  dismissed them with a flourish

She entered with a great flourish.
  a showy gesture


the act of waving — a hand or an item
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flourish flourishes flourishing flourished
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  • She entered with a great flourish.
  • He bowed to her with a flourish.
  • [A crowd of people in the street leading to the Capitol, among them Artemidorus and the Soothsayer. Flourish. Enter Caesar, Brutus, ..., and others.]
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • SCENE IV. Forres. A Room in the Palace.
    [Flourish. Enter Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Lennox, and Attendants.]
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth

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  • Flourish of cornets.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Seized with an immediate desire to reveal himself, Harry pulled off the cloak with a flourish.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He flourished a white calling card.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • the bloated curves and flourishes
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • He swung his arm out with a flourish.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • Exeunt. flourish.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well

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  • [Flourish. Exeunt.] (at end of Act 1 Scene 4)
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • [Flourish and shout.]
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • [Shout. Flourish.]
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Flourish. Enter, with drum and colours, Malcolm, old Siward, Ross, Lennox, Angus, Caithness, Menteith, and Soldiers.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • ALL:  Hail, King of Scotland!
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • [Flourish. Exeunt.] (at end of Act 5 Scene 8)
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
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