mock salute


Senior Member
what does "mock salute " mean here?
she gave him an impulsive hug and said "thank you keep an eye on my sisters"
He gave her a mock salute and said "will do"
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    He saluted her, as one would salute an officer. Since she isn't an officer, it's not a real salute. He pretends to salute her.


    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    It looks the same as a real salute. As V says, it isn't real because they aren't military. A salute is a gesture between military people.

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    It probably doesn't look exactly the same as a real salute. Pretend salutes are often exaggerated in some manner, or else are particularly casual.
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