give something the thumbs up

give something the thumbs up

COMMON If you give a plan, suggestion, or activity the thumbs up, you show that you approve of it and are willing to accept it. A big US oil company has given the thumbs-up to the president's energy plan. Note: You can also say that something gets the thumbs up. The ski school gets the thumbs up from visitors. Note: A thumbs up or a thumbs-up sign is a sign that you make by pointing your thumb upwards in order to show satisfaction or agreement, or to show that everything is all right. In ancient Rome, a signal in which the thumb was straight was used at the games to tell a victorious gladiator to kill his opponent.
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