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American Sign Language: "rest"


The sign for "rest" as in "not work" can also be used to mean "relax" (but most of the time, "relax" is initialized with an "R" -- see below).

The sign for "rest" crosses the arms over the chest. The hands are "loose" hands. The sign starts by touching the upper chest and then visibly "relaxing" the hands and arms so they lay more flat on your chest.

REST:


 



The sign for "relax" is an initialized version of the sign "REST."
You don't have to initialize this sign.  In context you can just use the sign for "REST" and it can still mean "relax" -- but since many people use this "R"-handed version I think you should know it.

RELAX:

 


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