wave off

wave-off

[weyv-awf, -of]
noun
1.
(on an aircraft carrier) the last-minute signaling to an aircraft making its final landing approach that it is not to land on that particular pass but is to go around and come in again.
2.
the postponement of a scheduled landing, as of a space shuttle, due to bad weather anticipated at the landing site.

Origin:
noun use of verb phrase wave off

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wave-off

noun
an approach that fails and gives way to another attempt [syn: overshoot
wave off

verb
dismiss as insignificant; "He waved off suggestions of impropriety" 
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