The programs were nominated for several Emmy Awards and introduced the classic “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” critical technique.
And our politics demand simple stories, thumbs up, thumbs down.
The Palm Beach correspondents who "made" her have been snubbed by her and have unanimously declared "thumbs down."
But as each pilot passed the flight bridge he looked up at Colonel Welsh, shook his head, and made a thumbs down gesture.
The spectator has no need to turn his thumbs down, as no quarter is given.
Her audience, leaning forward with thumbs down, still took eagerly all that she could give them.
We see the man to the middle of his body, his arms folded and his thumbs down.
Mayor says thumbs up (to the breast) meant death and thumbs down meant Lower that sword.
So a cruel Roman lady might have regarded a gladiator in the arena, answering his appeal with thumbs down.
Mrs. Harnden, however, was gazing into the arena and was blandly indicating by her demeanor, "thumbs down!"
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 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]
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]