During some playful sparring on June 6, Piscitelli dislocated his thumb.
That seemed like a good split to me: one thumb up, the other in my eye.
The constant carping that Roberts has been placing his thumb on the scale of justice “must bother him,” says Lithwick.
Here's a quick rule of thumb: if you ever find yourself opposed by these five, you're doing it right.
But put your thumb on the left side of the chart, and start drawing the line beginning in 1970.
He had stepped to the door, and his thumb was on the wooden latch.
He's under that woman's thumb, of course, and she's told him he mustn't say a word.
She was scarcely half as long as a thumb, and they gave her the name of Little thumb, or thumbelina, because she was so small.
By the awkwardness of the unpacker, the statue's thumb was broken.
He slily got a crumb between a finger and thumb and shot it as boys do marbles, keeping the hand quite still.
Old English þuma, from West Germanic *thumon- (cf. Old Frisian thuma, Old Saxon, Old High German thumo, German Daumen, Dutch duim "thumb," Old Norse þumall "thumb of a glove"), literally "the stout or thick (finger)," from PIE *tum- "swell" (cf. Latin tumere "to swell," tumidus "swollen;" Avestan tuma "fat;" see thigh). For spelling with -b (attested from late 13c.), see limb.
To be under (someone's) thumb "be totally controlled by that person" is recorded from 1580s. Thumbs up (1887) and thumbs down (1906) were said to be from expressions of approval or the opposite in ancient amphitheaters, especially gladiator shows, where the gesture decided whether a defeated combatant was spared or slain. But the Roman gesture was merely one of hiding the thumb in the hand or extending it. Perhaps the modern gesture is from the usual coachmen's way of greeting while the hands are occupied with the reins.
"to go through" (especially of printed material), 1930, from thumb (n.), though the related sense of "soil or wear by handling" dates from 1640s. Meaning "to hitchhike" is 1939; originally the thumb pointed in the direction one wished to travel. Related: Thumbed; thumbing. To thumb (one's) nose as an expression of derision is recorded from 1903.
The short thick digit of the human hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.
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