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SUCCEED: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "succeed / success"
In the sign "succeed" there is a bit of movement in the wrist. You make two upward arcs in the air. The movement in "succeed" is sort of like drawing a cursive "w" in the air with the tip of each index finger.
SUCCESS or SUCCEED:
Sample sentence: ROCKET ALL SUCCEED? Do all rockets succeed?
There is an inflected version of "SUCCEED" that means "Finally! At last! Eureka!" (Did it!)
This sign is known as "PAH!" The reason why it is called "PAH!" is that when doing this sign, you use a mouth movement that looks like you are saying "Pah!" In addition to the "pah" mouth movement, you also reduce the internal movement of the sign so that it isn't making the curly path and is instead making an arc that moves quickly and strongly upward.
Sample sentence: HAPPEN I MET-him/her PAH! I finally met him/her!
If you do the sign SUCCEED but reverse the direction of the double rolling movement of the arcs you change the meaning of the sign from "succeed" to instead mean "famous."
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