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The short thick digit of the human hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.
A negative response; anegation
: It's thumbs down on his promotion this year
[1906+; fr the pollice verso gesture of the audience at a Roman gladiatorial show, indicating that a defeated gladiator was to be killed rather than spared]
A marijuana cigarette; joint (1960s+ Narcotics)verb
(also thumb a ride) To solicit rides along a highway by pointing with one's thumb in the direction one wishes to travel; hitchhike (1939+)Related Terms
[narcotics sense fr the fact that one sucks the cigarette as a baby does its thumb]