give (something) the thumbs down

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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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And if, as green campaigners hope, they give the thumbs down, their decision could open the way for a GM crop ban throughout Britain.
And Labour MPs are set to give the thumbs down to Mr Blair's tough leadership style by snubbing two of his key allies.