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give (something) the thumbs down

To show one's disapproval of something. The phrase can refer to the actual gesture, which carries the same meaning, but is typically used figuratively. 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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BOOKIES have given the thumbs down to the chances of a multimillion pound Formula 1-type horse racing competition getting off the starting line.
Reed Screening said nearly 2000 people failed their vetting test and were given the thumbs down by bosses - a rise of seven per cent from last year.
VODAFONE and EE have been given the thumbs down in a customer satisfaction survey where they have come second from the bottom.
Voters in England have given the thumbs down to a coalition government between Labour and the SNP after the General Election.
Washington, July 20 ( ANI ): Star American swimmer Michael Phelps has given the thumbs down to Team USA swim caps that are to be used during the London 2012 Olympics.
LIVERPOOL and director of football Damien Comolli parted company yesterday on the eve of their FA Cup semi-final against Everton and his legacy has been given the thumbs down by bet365.
Another casualty of the wintry weather was Bedworth United's top-of-the table tussle against St Neots last night at the Oval, where the snow-covered pitch was given the thumbs down in the morning.
However, 'unnecessary' or 'trivial' applications of nanotechnology to, say, develop foods with new textures and flavours or create products that made people feel fuller for longer were given the thumbs down.
IRONICALLY days after I mused in an ECHO Philharmonic review that conductor Carl Davis would make an ideal retro Doctor Who, news that the revamped theme tune for the TV series has been given the thumbs down by fans.
Last month an application to turn the premises into two dwellings and build a terrace of three three-bedroom houses on land behind the site were given the thumbs down by Kirklees Council's Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-committee.
Some 40 years ago, it was brought up about Birmingham having a monorail system but was given the thumbs down because the concrete stanchions supporting the system would look an eyesore along its routes.
ELECTORS have given the thumbs down to a new council being created when the existing district council finishes in March.
But it was Rachel's performance that was given the thumbs down by the judges - and her fate was sealed by Simon Co well who cast the deciding vote.
PRIME Minister Gordon Brown's plan to slash VAT on environmentally-friendly goods has been given the thumbs down at an EU summit in Brussels.
The monarchy and British politics were given the thumbs down by voters in a survey exploring patriotism.