What is it called, the gesture whereby a team stack their hands on top of each other's with their palms face-down, then swing their arms quickly backwards, and go "Yeah!" or something, before they enthusiastically engage in some sort of teamwork activity?

  • Do you have a term for this in your native language? Hand-stack (as mentioned by Ricky) has an entry in tvtropes.org. It also has good results in a Google image search. I didn't see any definitions for "hand huddle", but it has better Google image results, and it's alliterative... I think. – Zebrafish Oct 18 '18 at 7:50
  • I also think huddle is going to clue people into what sort of hand stacking is going on. Also potentially circle up. – stevesliva Oct 18 '18 at 15:14

Oddly enough, it is actually called a "hand-stack."

According to this link, anyway:


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    I got that as one of the results Googling the gesture but it seemed too on the nose, and I couldn't find an authoritative source for it. – Vun-Hugh Vaw Oct 18 '18 at 5:08
  • I don't know. You could look up the Latin words for "hand" and "stack" and make up a term: why not? – Ricky Oct 18 '18 at 5:23
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    The more informal an expression is, the longer it takes to achieve any significant level of authoritativeness. Language description can very snobby, so it is is a good idea to respect the users actually using the term as being the authorities. – Trevor Christopher Butcher Oct 18 '18 at 6:02
  • @Ricky What I Googled was "hand stacking gesture", sir. Being overtly facetious doesn't help. In case you didn't know, I'm not a native speaker. – Vun-Hugh Vaw Oct 18 '18 at 7:13
  • Hm. MW says hand stack is "a small pile of hay". – michael.hor257k Oct 18 '18 at 7:29

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