Mexican wave


Mexican wave
Mexican wave noun
The wavelike effect (popularized during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico) produced when different groups of spectators stand up with hands raised and sit down again in a progressive movement around a stadium
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Main Entry:Mexican

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Mexican wave UK US noun [countable] [singular Mexican wave plural Mexican waves] british
an occasion when people watching a sports event stand up and sit down in groups, so that their movements look like a large wave moving through the crowd.
Thesaurus: audienceshyponym general words for entertainment and funhypernym

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noun
the Mexican wave
Brit :wave 7, 2

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ˌMexican ˈwave (BrE) (NAmE the ˈwave) noun
a continuous movement that looks like a wave on the sea, made by a large group of people, especially people watching a sports game, when one person after another stands up, raises their arms, and then sits down again
See also:wave  
Word Origin:
[Mexican wave] so named because of the repeated practice of this movement at the 1986 soccer World Cup finals in Mexico City.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Mexican wave — Mexican waves N COUNT If a crowd of people do a Mexican wave, each person in the crowd stands up and puts their arms in the air after the person to one side of them, creating a continuous wave like motion through the crowd. [BRIT] (in AM, use… …   English dictionary

  • Mexican wave — n [singular] BrE the effect that is made when all the people watching a sport stand up, move their arms up and down, and sit down again one after the other in a continuous movement that looks like a wave moving on the sea …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Mexican wave — ► NOUN ▪ an effect resembling a moving wave produced by successive sections of a stadium crowd standing, raising their arms, lowering them, and sitting down again. ORIGIN because first observed at the 1986 soccer World Cup in Mexico City …   English terms dictionary

  • Mexican wave — 1. noun A phenomenon that primarily occurs at sports events, where the members of the crowd stand up and/or raise their hands in turn, creating the illusion of a wave passing through the crowd. This is an important idea and can best be… …   Wiktionary

  • Mexican wave — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms Mexican wave : singular Mexican wave plural Mexican waves British an occasion when people watching a sports event stand up and sit down in groups, so that their movements look like a large wave moving through… …   English dictionary

  • Mexican wave — noun an effect resembling a moving wave produced by successive sections of a stadium crowd standing up, raising their arms, lowering them, and sitting down again. Origin so named because of the repeated practice of this at the 1986 soccer World… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Mexican wave — noun (singular) BrE the effect that is made when all the people watching a game of football, baseball etc stand up, move their arms up and down, and sit down again one after the other in a continuous movement …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Mexican wave — /mɛksɪkən ˈweɪv/ (say meksikuhn wayv) noun a wavelike motion among spectators at a sporting event, pop concert, etc., achieved by having sections of the crowd stand up and sit down in their seats in sequence. {from the World Cup finals for soccer …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mexican Wave (song) — Mexican Wave Single by Kerbdog from the album On the Turn Released March 17 …   Wikipedia

  • the Mexican wave — Brit : ↑wave 7, 2 • • • Main Entry: ↑Mexican wave …   Useful english dictionary


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