air guitar

noun

Definition of air guitar 

: an imaginary guitar that one pretends to play also : the action of playing air guitar

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Anderson, 34, as usual, is passing the time with one of his favorite hobbies: air guitar. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "How to slay at the U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championships in Philadelphia," 27 June 2018 All that's missing here is a quick strum of his air guitar. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Of course Lance Stephenson pulled off a hidden ball trick in a celebrity softball game," 7 June 2018 No air guitars here, more an electric ladyland of virtuosos of every stripe; male, female, old and young. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 28 May 2018 An oversize man in loafers aggressively played air guitar. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice," 19 Apr. 2018 Buffalo’s mascot, Victor E. Bull, danced and played air guitar and tossed T-shirts into the stands. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Arizona's Turbulent Season Ends With a Thud in Stunning First-Round Beatdown by Buffalo," 16 Mar. 2018 Rob Gronkowski gets a lot of things right in life: beach attire, beer funnels, air guitar, playing football. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Rob Gronkowski Needs a New Pair of Dress Shoes," 30 Jan. 2018 One sack was even celebrated by using the quarterback’s leg as an air guitar. David Wilson Diehards, ajc, "Grading the Hurricanes: How did Miami fare in its win against Florida State?," 8 Oct. 2017 Prospective plans for the store include a skateboard deck art display with pieces from Tony Hawk and others and an air guitar contest with rock star judges. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Archie’s Ice Cream is ‘your neighborhood ice cream store that rocks’," 14 Dec. 2017

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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