Daniel Day-Lewis passed them, put his thumbs up, and said, “Good job, girls.”
We cannot dither, we cannot just twiddle our thumbs, or wait and see.
In another photograph, he was standing in Times Square, smiling at the camera, giving two thumbs up.
Dianne Feinstein questions U.S. intelligence in Iran, John McCain gives Obama a thumbs up, and Monica Crowley takes on everyone.
Then the cameras went out ahead of them and gave them the thumbs up to leave.
Because man had ten fingers and thumbs, he learned to count in tens.
At the hall he proceeded to get the impressions of the fingers and thumbs of all the servants.
He stuck his thumbs into the armholes of his vest and wagged his crossed foot complacently.
He listened, with lowered eyes, twiddling his thumbs, to the brief tale.
I folded my fingers together, set my thumbs to chasin each other, and began to whistle.
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]