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beau geste

[boh zhest] /boʊ ˈʒɛst/
plural beaux gestes
[boh zhest] /boʊ ˈʒɛst/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a fine or noble gesture, often futile or only for effect.
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British Dictionary definitions for beaux gestes

beau geste

/bo ʒɛst/
noun (pl) beaux gestes (bo ʒɛst)
1.
a noble or gracious gesture or act, esp one that is meaningless
Word Origin
literally: beautiful gesture
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