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give (something) the thumbs up

To indicate one's approval of something. Let me know once Bob gives the proposal the thumbs up, and then we can start pricing it out. I loved that movie so much that I would definitely give it the thumbs up!
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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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The harebrained self-conceit which had emboldened Wamba to undertake this dangerous office, was scarce sufficient to support him when he found himself in the presence of a man so dreadful, and so much dreaded, as Reginald Front-de-B
I shall perhaps find myself one day called out by some harebrained scamp, who has no more real cause of quarrel with me than you have with Beauchamp; he may take me to task for some foolish trifle or other, he will bring his witnesses, or will insult me in some public place, and I am expected to kill him for all that.
Perhaps he might have been suspected of meannesss if it had not been for the fact that with wonderful disinterestedness and all a comrade's readiness, his purse would be opened for some harebrained boy who had ruined himself at cards or by some other folly.