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American Sign Language: "exact"

The sign for "exact" uses "closed X" hands (as if holding a needle between your thumb and index finger). The top hand makes a circle in the air, then moves down to the bottom hand.  The tips of the dominant index finger and thumb make contact with (or come very close to) the tips of the non-dominant index finger and thumb.  The left hand uses the same handshape as the right hand.  The front of the knuckles generally make contact when you do this sign quickly.


Memory tip: Think of threading a needle.  You have to line up the thread exactly.




The above sign for EXACT can also mean "perfect."
Quite a few signers choose to initialize this sign with a "P" to mean perfect.
The tips of the middle fingers don't actually have to touch though (because it is hard to do this sign perfectly - heh).

PERFECT (initialized version) 



Perfectamundo! / perfect / just right / Precisely the way it should be!
Hold up both "F"-hands and move them both forward and come to a sudden, jarring stop.
The palms of the hands face each other.  You might see it done with one hand facing slightly backward and the other hand facing slightly forward.


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