My question how can you describe it in a few words when you incline with your head that the person to leave without saying a word.


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    That's an upward head nod that signals it's time for you to go. But it's culturally based, and could mean other things. "You lookin' at me? You wanna piece of this?" There's a head nod called cabaceo in Argentine Tango salons that means "Shall we dance?" Jan 22 at 6:05
  • Instead of searching for a specialized word, I might write something a little more colorful like, "He dismissed her with a look and a slight jerk of his head." (BTW, this question might be more suitable for the Writing site.)
    – RobJarvis
    Jan 22 at 15:21
  • Funnily enough, earlier I had stopped at a shop and my friend got out and bought some things. When he came out of the shop he was on the phone, but I motioned with my head for my friend to get in the car. If I was to write it, I would say, GoodJuJu motioned with his head, get in the car... In your case I would write, "LilikZi motioned with her head to leave quietly..."
    – GoodJuJu
    Jan 23 at 1:32

Related notions are:

He waved me away and She nodded me away

Wave-away meaning

(idiomatic) To reject or dismiss with a hand gesture

Your dictionary

Nod = If you nod, you bend your head once, as a way of saying hello or goodbye

Collins Dictionary

Hence nod away is to indicate goodbye and nod in is to invite in.

Google ngram has statistics for nod them away and shows examples such as

Any time someone approached, Ophelia groaned, and Colin nodded them away.

Chasing the Heiress


I might say motion (with the head).

Direct or command (someone) with a movement of the hand or head.
‘he motioned Dennis to a plush chair’


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