Talk:throw signs

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throwing signs[edit]

Isn't this called throwing up ? SemperBlotto 16:30, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

The phrase looks very real from gang world and seems to have been around for more than 10 years in print. The lemma entry should be for the idiomatic verb throw signs. I found 47 raw b.g.c. hits for the lemma form, suggestive that it should be citable. I'll start with some clean up. DCDuring TALK 16:49, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
To throw signs is cited. I have inserted the present participle template in throwing signs. I don't think the text of the original entry has too much value, but perhaps it will give someone some ideas for how to improve throw signs. DCDuring TALK 17:24, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
For me, throwing signs means the same as throwing hints or give hints or drop a hint or even hint at. e.g. I was throwing signs at him to ask me out on a date.--Keene 01:07, 7 February 2008 (UTC)
It also may have a meaning in semiological-type scholarship, but I don't know how to interpret that kind of text. The sense that I have cited seems very well-defined and is attestable in good sources. Any phrase that combines common words like this must have other senses. The one cited doesn't seem at least to be SoP, but is clearly derived from the ordinary meaning of the words. DCDuring TALK 02:01, 7 February 2008 (UTC)