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I am reading a science-fiction short story and I met this sentence that I can't understand.enter image description here You can read the whole sentence in the attached file.

"Palm-to-forehand"

What does it means? Think you everybody for your help.

Andrea, Rome, Italy

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    You do have a typo in your question. "Forehand" is misspelled. "Palm-to-forehead", as in the example, is a word description for a common "non-verbal" gesture that conveys "utter/sad/unbelievable amazement". It also expresses the question - What were you thinking? – user22542 Oct 5 '18 at 10:47
  • So sorry for my misunderstanding. Thank you very much indeed. – Andrea Iovinelli Oct 5 '18 at 12:21
  • It's when you dope-slap yourself. – Hot Licks Oct 5 '18 at 14:33
  • In this case, the original text is arguably wrong at a stylistic level. Unless being used as an adjective (which it isn't) I would remove the hyphens and say Palm to forehead, buddy. – Jason Bassford Oct 5 '18 at 16:06
  • Thank you very much, this is a very useful comment for me! – Andrea Iovinelli Oct 6 '18 at 9:53

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