- an act, instance, or gesture of assent, approval, or the like.
Origin of thumbs-up
First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for thumbs-up
By September, he was flashing a thumbs-up to assembled fans as he walked into court in a Barcelona suburb.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
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And I just saw him as I was leaving and gave him the thumbs-up and he mouthed, “Thank you,” and that was it.Kevin Smith's Marijuanaissance: On 'Tusk,' 'Falling Out' with Ben Affleck, and 20 Years of 'Clerks'
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His comical antics come to an end once the guard retreats to his box after giving his fellow guardsman a thumbs-up.Hunt To Identify Pirouetting 'Bearskin' Guardsman Who Shamed Army
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Nodding his head as he watches the scene unfold, he flashes a thumbs-up.’90s Soap Star Antonio Sabato Jr. Is My Wingman
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Tactical officers came back up the street giving a thumbs-up.Boston Suspects Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, From Boxing to Bombs
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Nelda was at the wheel, and Gladys, beside her on the front seat, raised a white-gloved hand in the thumbs-up salute.Murder in the Gunroom
Henry Beam Piper