Russia, by contrast, thumbed its nose at Washington and got away with it.
As I thumbed through the pamphlet I turned to page 5, state measures.
Putin thumbed his nose at Obama and the rest of the world during the G20 summit.
But he turned, thumbed open one of the side panels in Vye's compartment, and dug out the emergency supplies.
Joe took a chair while he waited and thumbed through a fan magazine.
Again the soft lead was hopelessly blurred over, where the pages had been often thumbed, or perhaps crumbled and thrown aside.
Brett yanked the pistol from the holster, thumbed back the hammer.
He thumbed the pages until he came to the place where Tuckerman had inserted a slip of paper.
They were so thumbed, so greasy, they must have been very popular.
Speaking to his fellow geologists in 1869 he said, 'Which of us has not thumbed every page of the Principles of Geology?'
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.
A marijuana cigarette; joint (1960s+ Narcotics)
(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+)
[narcotics sense fr the fact that one sucks the cigarette as a baby does its thumb]