Were they thumbing their noses at the people of Gujarat, at the rest of us Indians?
He was deep in the archives at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, thumbing through a generic file about women in baseball.
Kagan seemed to be continuously looking around the courthouse, and Alito was thumbing through some papers on his desk.
And the last anyone looked, those regimes are still around, thumbing their noses at Washington.
"You're still seventy miles from the Stikine when you end up at the Kwadocha," he went on, thumbing the map.
Nuclear particles are ignored by it; it just sits there thumbing its nose at us.
The door of my office was open and Adolphi was thumbing through the pile of script I had been working on.
"And poo-poo for you," said Murray, thumbing his nose at the apparition.
He was so busy with Party affairs, and thumbing his big books upstairs, that he did not know how things were going at home.
The proletaire have risen and are thumbing their nose at the gods.
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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