verb (used with object)
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Idioms for thumb
- to put one's thumb to one's nose and extend the fingers as a crudely defiant or contemptuous gesture.
- to express defiance or contempt; dismiss or reject contemptuously.
Origin of thumb
OTHER WORDS FROM thumbthumbless, adjectivethumblike, adjective
Words nearby thumb
Example sentences from the Web for thumb
It was possible to pinch your thumb and forefinger together for a button press or rub the two fingers together to spin a dial.New Google Nest Thermostat hits the FCC, possibly with air gesture controls|Ron Amadeo|September 11, 2020|Ars Technica
Six feet is a good rule of thumb for reducing the risk of getting infected, and there are ways to make sure people stay that far apart.
Adding up all those costs, drawing on the latest research, the report comes up with with a total externalities cost of between $800 and $1,400 per tonne, with “at least $1,000” used as a reasonable rule of thumb.Big Oil’s hopes are pinned on plastics. It won’t end well.|David Roberts|September 4, 2020|Vox
It differentiates between products and services and uses a binary thumbs up or down system like Facebook, rather than a point or star-ratings system like Google.Apple Ratings is coming to iOS 14, how disruptive will it be?|Greg Sterling|September 1, 2020|Search Engine Land
Linking to your other blog posts from a relating one has become a rule of thumb in writing blog posts.SEO on a shoestring budget: What small business owners can do to win|Ali Faagba|June 4, 2020|Search Engine Watch
And considering his massive music-industry thumb print, that “you oughta know” Jack Antonoff is an understatement.The Rise of Jack Antonoff, the Taylor Swift Whisperer|Kevin Fallon|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pete stuck his thumb out at the age of 17 and hitch hiked out of Birmingham, England.
The Flip-a-District project is a clown-gloved thumb on the scale.
In the meantime, certain rules of thumb about drone use are self-evident.
He had only one tooth, and he ate by using his thumb as a second incisor.
Many persons impede their execution by not keeping the thumb independent enough of the rest of the hand.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Willis introduced into his organs pneumatic thumb-pistons about the year 1851.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
He held the pin delicately between finger and thumb, and controlled her with his roguish eyes.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
He turned pages with a moistened thumb, took a pencil out of his pocket, passed both to the passengers of the roadster.
And he jerked his thumb towards the tower where mademoiselle was a captive, and where at night "Battista" was locked in with her.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for thumb
Derived forms of thumbthumbless, adjectivethumblike, adjective
Word Origin for thumb
Medical definitions for thumb
Idioms and Phrases with thumb
In addition to the idioms beginning with thumb
- thumb a ride
- thumb one's nose
- thumbs up
- all thumbs
- green thumb
- rule of thumb
- stick out (like a sore thumb)
- twiddle one's thumbs
- under someone's thumb