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American Sign Language: "vacuum"

Put your thumb on the underside of your fingers and mush them all together. Next hold them down on or near the palm of your non-dominant hand. Now move your dominant hand forward as if it is the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner sucking up dirt.  Get into it a bit eh? Make the face. Have a good time. If you are going to vacuum you might as well enjoy it.


If you want to say something to the effect of "He was vacuuming..." (and it is obvious that you are talking about vacuuming) you could just mime holding the handle of an upright vacuum and pushing it forward and back a couple of times. (Basically miming the act of vacuuming.)

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