give something the thumbs down

give (something) the thumbs down

To show one's disapproval of something. I know the committee approved our idea, but the CEO ultimately gave it the thumbs down.
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give something the thumbs down

COMMON If you give a plan, suggestion, or activity the thumbs down, you show that you do not approve of it and are not willing to accept it. Out of 58,000 replies, 79 per cent gave the thumbs down to the idea of votes for prisoners. Note: You can also say that something gets the thumbs down. Unlicensed boxing is dangerous for the individuals involved, dangerous for the sport and gets a firm thumbs down from me. Note: A thumbs down or a thumbs-down sign is a sign that you make by pointing your thumb downwards in order to show dissatisfaction or disagreement, or to show that things are going badly. In ancient Rome, a signal in which the thumb was bent down was used at the games to tell a victorious gladiator not to kill his opponent.
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There was to be an addition--a small snuggery; there was to be frescoing, and hardwood flooring was to be put into such rooms as had not yet been subjected to this improvement.
Harvey had a notion that the east coast of his native land, from Mount Desert south, was populated chiefly by people who took their horses there in the summer and entertained in country-houses with hardwood floors and Vantine portieres.
Yes, and a good part of it is going into a first-class modern house with a heating plant and running hot and cold water in a tiled-floor bath-room, and a concrete cellar for the woman's preserved things and built-in cupboards, lots of closets, a big garret, and hardwood floors and fancy paper on the walls, and the prettiest polished golden oak furniture you can buy in Kansas City, not to mention a big fireplace and wide, sunny porches.
After two days' work, however, he succeeded in fashioning two massive hardwood hinges, and with these he hung the door so that it opened and closed easily.
With it he went into the jungle, searching until he found a fallen tree of a certain species of hardwood with which he was familiar.
As they halted before one of the polished hardwood doors, Tarzan slipped into the shadow of a passageway not a dozen feet from them.
There were no carpets, and on the hardwood floor he caught a glimpse of several wolf and coyote skins.
And Bashti, who had never feared death all his long life and who had laughed a joke with his forefinger blown off by the bursting flint-lock pistol, smiled gleefully to himself, for his glee was intellectual and in admiration of this half-grown puppy whom he rapped on the nose with a short, hardwood stick and compelled to keep distance.
Think of that big lawn with those magnificent old trees; and of that splendid hardwood grove behind it--twelve acres of it.
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