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give (something) the thumbs up

To indicate one's approval of something. The phrase can refer to the actual gesture, which carries the same meaning, but is typically used figuratively. 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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