How to sign upset in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 3)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand against the center of your chest with your palm oriented toward yourself and your index and middle fingers pointing down. Then, rotate your wrist down so that your index and middle fingers are pointing up and then place your hand against the center of your chest again.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for upset
Extend the index and middle fingers in a 'V' shape, tucking the thumb in between the index and middle fingers, and folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 3)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your thumb against the center of your chest with your palm oriented down and your fingers pointing to the side. Then, move your hand up while slightly rotating your wrist up so that your thumb is pointing up.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for upset
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Sign #3 (3 of 3)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand against the center of your chest with your palm oriented toward yourself. Then, rotate your wrist down and place the back of your hand against the center of your chest.

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Beginning and End Frames

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for upset
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

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