London: A body-language expert has revealed that the hands-off gestures women often use are actually warnings to any rivals, who might be interested in their men.

Expert Judi James revealed that when a woman rests her hand firmly upon her husband's torso, it suggests that she is sending hand signals toward her possible rivals off her men.

"This is a possessive barrier gesture," the Daily Mail quoted James as saying.

"Although it is a sign of affection, principally it is a signal to other females, who may be potential rivals.

"Basically, what the woman is communicating to others is, "I've got him -- hands off," she added.

However, James also believed that this tactic doesn't work with all men.