noun Date: 1892 an instance or gesture of approval or encouragement

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • thumbs up — ► thumbs up (or down) informal an indication of satisfaction or approval (or of rejection or failure). [ORIGIN: with reference to the signal of approval or disapproval used by spectators at a Roman amphitheatre (although the Romans used the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Thumbs up — For the Chinese newspaper, see Thumbs Up (newspaper). For the Indian Cola drink, see Thums UpA thumbs up or thumbs down is a common gesture represented by a closed fist held with the thumb extended upward or downward in approval or disapproval… …   Wikipedia

  • thumbs-up — n approval, affirmation, encouragement, acceptance, yes, sanction COLLOQ. go ahead, green light, OK ≠ thumbs down * * * ¦ ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) : an instance or gesture of approval or encouragement * * * /thumz up /, n. Informal. an act, instan …   Useful english dictionary

  • thumbs up — (informal) APPROVAL, seal of approval, endorsement; permission, authorization, consent, yes, leave, authority, sanction, ratification, licence …   Useful english dictionary

  • thumbs-up — also thumbs up 1) N SING A thumbs up or a thumbs up sign is a sign that you make by raising your thumb to show that you agree with someone, that you are happy with an idea or situation, or that everything is all right. She checked the hall, then… …   English dictionary

  • thumbs up — (give a) thumbs up to (someone/something) to show approval of or support for someone or something. Voters gave a thumbs up to building swimming pool for the town. Usage notes: often used in the form give the thumbs up (to something): We have been …   New idioms dictionary

  • thumbs up — 1. n. a sign of approval. □ It was a thumbs up on the new filtration plant at Thursday’s village board meeting. □ There was no thumbs up for the mayor as she faced certain defeat in today’s balloting. 2. mod. approving; positive. □ The new… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • thumbs up — noun a) A gesture signifying approval or okay; a thumb pointing up out of a fist. He smiled and gave a big thumbs up. b) An approval or okay. We got the thumbs up to go ahead with the project. Ant …   Wiktionary

  • thumbs-up — UK / US noun [singular] informal a reaction that shows you like something such as a plan or idea, or that you will accept it give something the thumbs up: Investors have given the merger the thumbs up …   English dictionary

  • thumbs up —  Indication of victory, success or cheerfulness. Hence get (give) the thumbs up Receive (give) approval, esp. to begin something. Opp. thumbs down …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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