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How do you call a gesture of spreading one's hands and turning them palms up to suggest a question? As in "what did you just do, man? That was so weird that left me speechless, so I had to raise my hands to show you I'm asking you stuff" or "Huh?"

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How about a questioning gesture? –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Feb 20 '13 at 17:18
    
Here's your chance to coin one! –  James Webster Feb 20 '13 at 17:21
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Closest single word would be "shrug" ? –  mgb Feb 20 '13 at 18:17
    
@mgb, shrug is a gesture but it's not necessarily made with one's hands, could also be with the shoulders –  Lson Feb 20 '13 at 18:19
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As with most complex situations, there is no single word in English for the gesture that you are describing. Instead, a multiword description of what you mean, perhaps as you have just done, is how one talks about it.

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A common phrase for a questioning gesture is "spreading his hands". If emphatic, the phrase might become "spreading his hands wide".

"How should I know where he went?" he asked, spreading his hands wide.

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