How to sign detective in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Place your dominant hand against the far side of your chest near your shoulder. Lay your hand against your chest with your thumb and index finger against your chest. Move your hand in a circle a couple of times on your chest.


Example Video

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for detective
Extend the index finger straight up and touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger with the ring and pinky fingers bent in the same way as the middle finger.

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