thumb

thumb
thumb1 [θʌm] n
finger, ↑fingernail, ↑thumb
[: Old English; Origin: thuma]
1.) the part of your hand that is shaped like a thick short finger and helps you to hold things
a baby sucking its thumb
She held the coin carefully between finger and thumb.
2.) the part of a ↑glove that fits over your thumb
3.) be all fingers and thumbs
BrE be all thumbs AmE informal to be unable to do something in which you have to make small careful movements with your fingers
Would you do up these buttons for me? I seem to be all thumbs today.
4.) the thumbs up/down informal
when an idea or plan is officially accepted or not accepted
The project was finally given the thumbs up .
Her performance got the thumbs down from the critics.
5.) be under sb's thumb
to be so strongly influenced by someone that they control you completely
He was still under his father's thumb.
rule of thumb atrule1 (8), stand/stick out like a sore thumb atsore1 (6)
thumb 2
thumb2 v
1.) thumb a lift
BrE thumb a ride AmE informal to persuade a driver of a passing car to stop and take you somewhere, by putting your hand out with your thumb raised
I thumbed a lift into town.
2.) thumb your nose at sb/sth
to show that you do not respect rules, laws etc or you do not care what someone thinks of you
a chance to thumb his nose at the college authorities
thumb through [thumb through sth] phr v
to look through a book, magazine etc quickly
I began thumbing through the pages of a gardening catalogue.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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