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    #1

    gave me two fingers to shake

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    He gave me two fingers to shake when he arrived after ten years' absence!

    give me two finger to shake = not be interested in me, not care about me

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    #2

    Re: gave me two fingers to shake

    Hello Vil,

    Offering two fingers to shake does indeed seem like an unenthusiastic gesture.

    Alternatively, perhaps his hands were perspiring heavily, and he was conscious of the fact.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    #3

    Re: gave me two fingers to shake

    Possibly worse than unenthusiastic- more of a brush-off.

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