Is there a word or an idiom for the hand gesture, done after finishing a task successfully or after knocking down the opponent in a fight? The one like wiping off the dust from your hands, which indicates it's a victory but it was easy for you. Not done to gloat, just happens spontaneously as if it's a natural gesture.

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    The idiom dust off comes to mind.
    – jxh
    May 9, 2015 at 23:10
  • It's totally gloating. No one does that spontaneously
    – Mitch
    Nov 16, 2017 at 21:43

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I call it dusting your hands together


brush your hands

According to local lore, when God was satisfied with Creation, and brushed his hands together, the crumbs that fell unnoticed from his fingers into the sea formed Cape Verde.
Google Books: Cape Verde Islands By Aisling Irwin, Colum Wilson


He brushed off his opponent.

The act of wiping something from your shoulder more readily portrays this.

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