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thumbs down

A sign or indication of disapproval. I know the committee approved our idea, but the CEO ultimately gave it the thumbs down. Getting a thumbs down to yet another college application has really disheartened me.
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thumbs down

 
1. a sign of disapproval. The board gave our proposal a thumbs down. The administration's tax bill got a thumbs down in Congress.
2. disapproving; negative. It was thumbs down, and I was disappointed. The thumbs-down decision was a victory for good sense.
See also: down, thumb

(give somebody/something/get) the thumbs ˈup/ˈdown

used to show that something has been accepted/rejected or that it is/is not a success: I asked him whether I could borrow the car, and he gave me the thumbs up.I’m afraid it’s thumbs down for your new proposal — the boss doesn’t like it.We’ve got the thumbs up for the new swimming pool.In contests in ancient Rome the public put their thumbs up if they wanted a gladiator to live, and down if they wanted him to be killed.
See also: down, thumb, up

thumbs down

1. n. a sign of disapproval. (see also turn thumbs down (on someone/something).) The board gave our proposal a thumbs down.
2. mod. disapproving; negative. It was thumbs down, and I was disappointed.
See also: down, thumb
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He made it despite Simon giving him the thumbs down.
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Maybe I'm the wrong sex to appreciate this hugely annoying novel, but any book where the lead character is called Girl gets a thumbs down from me.
Thumbs down to Michael Eisner for giving the go-ahead on this project.
ROY COYLE last night gave the thumbs down to the Irish League's proposals for a new-look 12 club championship.
Television critics gave the new look a thumbs down.
More than 25 per cent of people quizzed hated bad scent while 17 per cent gave hankies the thumbs down.
Apparently, a proxy advisory gave the proposed merger between VRTS and Symantec (SYMC) the thumbs down, stating that the deal offers "limited benefits at great costs.
Although I give thumbs down to regional planning, the report suggests several things that I think should be done, things that will work.
DUBLIN Chamber of Commerce's tourism committee has given the thumbs down to tourist tax proposals.
THE LAUSD board has given its newly formed independent Belmont Commission just 60 days to give an unqualified thumbs up or thumbs down on whether to finish construction of the most outlandishly expensive high school in the nation.
IT WAS thumbs down for the Russian Princess at Wimbledon, who admitted: "I was hoping for a miracle.
However, the manager of one major chain restaurant on Thousand Oaks Boulevard gave a thumbs down.