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[thuhmz-doun] /ˈθʌmzˈdaʊn/
noun, Informal.
an act or instance of dissent, disapproval, etc.
Origin of thumbs-down
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It even gave users a chance to click thumbs-up or thumbs-down buttons on ads.
  • Rather than using a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down, users can rate people at six levels of trustworthiness.
  • If you aren't digging a song suggestion, give it a thumbs-down.
  • The consultant, however, gave an emphatic thumbs-down.
  • Banned from debating the factual niceties, the jury instead gave a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to the courtroom performances.
  • The overall message, though, was an overwhelming thumbs-down.
  • Other parents have given an emphatic thumbs-down to cell phones.
  • Teammates must look at the selected rock and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
  • The result of the hearings was not a clear-cut thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
  • Students will show thumbs-up or thumbs-down for responses.

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