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    a verb for lifting up a person

    Hello.

    Is there a verb or an idiom to describe a situation when a man romantically lifts a woman and then moves her in the air?

    This picture clarifies what I'm trying to describe:

    https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/man-...e-66931811.jpg

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    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    The word "lift" is the only one I know. (There's not likely to be a lot of movement.)
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    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    He doesn't lift her and move her into the air. He simply lifts her (or, I suppose, lifts her into the air). Depending on where she ends up, he could lift her above his head.

    In the photo, he's picking her up [in his arms].
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    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    "He" might lift "her" above his head (in something like pairs skating). (The lifts never last long.)
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    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    He doesn't lift her and move her into the air. He simply lifts her (or, I suppose, lifts her into the air). Depending on where she ends up, he could lift her above his head.

    In the photo, he's picking her up [in his arms].
    Is this a possible way of describing it?

    He gently picked her up in his arms and then started slowly twirling.

    Irrespective of the photo, I want to also describe the movement. I see it a lot in movies when a man picks up a woman into his arms and they move in a dance and the girl laughs out loud, annoyingly I might add!

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    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    It wouldn't work in a room of that size. They would crash into something. However, it might be okay on a dance floor.
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    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    How can I make sure the person who reads it can imagine something like that photo?

    I also want to say something about her hanging in the air and enjoying it.

    He gently picked her up in his arms and then started slowly twirling. She enjoyed hanging in the air more that she expected.

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    #8

    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    How did she end up hanging in the air?
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    #9

    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    How about this?

    He picked her up in his arms then turned and crashed into a wall. They fell and hit the floor hard.


    Most places you wouldn't have room to do the kind of stuff you suggested. (Maybe outside.)

    They can do stuff in the movies that we can't normally do in real life.

    I agree with Ted about her hanging in the air. (He's holding her in his arms. She isn't hanging from anything.)
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    #10

    Re: a verb for lifting up a person

    You are right "hang" is not the right verb. Maybe I can say she twirls in a air.

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