How to sign be mean to in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of you with one slightly ahead of the other and your index fingers pointing away from yourself. Then, move your hands slightly forward a couple of times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for be mean to
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for be mean to
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand in an "S" handshape against your nose. Then, move your hand slightly to the side and then forward, changing your handshape to a "5" handshape as you move it.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for be mean to
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for be mean to
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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