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[thuhm-print] /ˈθʌmˌprɪnt/
a mark or impression of the ventral surface of the last joint of the thumb.
Origin of thumbprint
1895-1900; thumb + print Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for thumbprint
  • He had all of these details about my life, including my thumbprint.
  • And each performer will stick his own thumbprint on it and change it.
  • They'd download the parcel onto a card and lock it with a thumbprint.
  • The artist authenticated his work not by his signature but by his thumbprint.
  • She was interviewed, her house was inspected and her thumbprint was taken as a fraud-prevention measure.
  • On some contracts, the thumbprint of an illiterate surrogate stands out against the clients' signatures.
  • For additional security, a few phone manufacturers are experimenting with thumbprint recognition technology.
  • The ridges of the thumbprint must be distinct and clear.
  • The addition of requiring a thumbprint record in the journal for real estate transactions would protect the equity of homeowners.
  • Forms with signatures by mark or thumbprint must be witnessed by two persons who give their address.
British Dictionary definitions for thumbprint


an impression of the upper part of the thumb, used esp for identification purposes See fingerprint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for thumbprint

thumb in one's eye, a


: The underside of Gramm's conservatism and thumb-in-your-eye individualism is a brutal political style

noun phrase

An annoyance; a constant irritant: Yeah, he's been a thumb in my eye for a long time (1970s+)

[fr a tactic in rough-and-tumble fighting, scorned by the traditionalists]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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