Daniel Day-Lewis passed them, put his thumbs up, and said, “Good job, girls.”
Dianne Feinstein questions U.S. intelligence in Iran, John McCain gives Obama a thumbs up, and Monica Crowley takes on everyone.
In another photograph, he was standing in Times Square, smiling at the camera, giving two thumbs up.
It was the most hopeful announcement so far: Giffords had flashed her doctors a thumbs up.
Then the cameras went out ahead of them and gave them the thumbs up to leave.
Another: Hold the hands with the palms in, thumbs up, move hands right and left, keeping them about six inches apart.
Bring closed hands in front of body, thumbs up, second joints touching; then separate.
If at any time the leader omits the words "Simon says," and goes through the movements simply with the words "thumbs up!"
Natalie gave him a thumbs up and a smile that Alan uncharitably took for a simper, and felt guilty about it immediately afterward.
Mayor says thumbs up (to the breast) meant death and thumbs down meant Lower that sword.
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.
Expressions of approval and disapproval respectively: “The two critics disagreed about the movie; one gave it thumbs up, the other thumbs down.” In the gladiatorial contests of ancient Rome, a thumbs-up gesture from the crowd meant that the loser would live; thumbs down meant death.
A negative response; a
: 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]
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