Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A method of divination, practised by the Eskimo and by the Chukchee, in which the future is divined by tying a thong around the head of a reclining person.

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Examples

  • It was a practiced move: the letting go of hands, the simultaneous head-lifting and backward rotation of arm.

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  • RODGERS: There was applause from the U. S.-led coalition at the head-lifting.

    CNN Transcript Dec 2, 2003

  • Any creature who will not look you squarely in the eye -- whose only oblique glances are inspired by fear, distrust, or a view to attack, who has no way of returning caresses, and whose favorite expression is one of head-lifting disdain, may be

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  • Any creature who will not look you squarely in the eye -- whose only oblique glances are inspired by fear, distrust, or a view to attack; who has no way of returning caresses, and whose favorite expression is one of head-lifting disdain, may be "noble" or "useful," but can be hardly said to add to the gayety of nations.

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