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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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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As many as 137 MPs have voted in favour, 55 giving the thumbs down and citing concerns about voting secrecy.
It means they join Antrim, Down, Westmeath, Cork, Tyrone, Armagh, Fermanagh, Limerick, Cork in giving the thumbs down to the FRC proposal.
Of course, those giving the thumbs down largely declined to give their names while a number of this region's leading Labour lights were glowing in their praise.
And during her version of Queen's Who Wants to Live Forever, she presided over a gladiatorial battle, giving the thumbs down to the loser.
Lingfield were also victims of the deluge, with their clerk of the course Neil MacKenzie Ross giving the thumbs down half an hour before a scheduled inspection at 8am.
The net isn't giving the thumbs down to the character, it's just very selective about its statue funding.
Financial markets are looking back to 1992, when the Danes stunned Europe by giving the thumbs down to the Maastricht, triggering currency speculation that ripped apart the European exchange rate mechanism.
But it's to the Second and Third Divisions that the fans are giving the thumbs down.