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thumbs up

A sign or indication of approval. The phrase can refer to the actual gesture, which carries the same meaning, or can be used figuratively. I loved that movie so much. I would definitely give it the thumbs up! We got a thumbs up to proceed with our plan. I assumed Paul was OK with our plan. When I told him about it, he just gave a thumbs up.
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thumbs up

 
1. a sign of approval. It was a thumbs up on the new filtration plant at Thursday's village board meeting. There was no thumbs up for the mayor as she faced certain defeat in today's balloting.
2. approving; positive. The new filtration plant got a thumbs-up decision at the board meeting. A thumbs-up vote assured another three years of financial assistance.
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thumbs up

An expression of approval or hopefulness, as in The town said thumbs up on building the elderly housing project. The antonym thumbs down indicates disapproval or rejection, as in Mother gave us thumbs down on serving beer at our party. Alluding to crowd signals used in Roman amphitheaters, these idioms were first recorded in English about 1600. In ancient times the meaning of the gestures was opposite that of today. Thumbs down indicated approval; thumbs up, rejection. Exactly when the reversal occurred is not known, but the present conventions were established by the early 1900s.
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thumbs up (or down)

an indication of satisfaction or approval (or of rejection or failure). informal
The thumbs were used to signal approval or disapproval by spectators at a Roman amphitheatre, though they used ‘thumbs down’ to signify that a beaten gladiator had performed well and should be spared, and ‘thumbs up’ to call for his death.
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(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.
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thumbs up

1. n. a sign of approval. It was a thumbs up on the new filtration plant at Thursday’s village board meeting.
2. mod. approving; positive. The new filtration plant got a thumbs up decision at the board meeting.
See also: thumb, up
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As the clock struck 11 they gave a mass thumbs-up followed by a minute of thunderous applause and then cheers.
An amazing 253 'thumbs-ups' for Stephen were counted in all of the photos that were taken on the night.
Young girls follow in their wake, sucking in their cheeks, lips pursed for the perfect selfie pout, hint of cleavage on Add a cheeky hashtag and then it's time to upload to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and wait for the thumbs-ups, the likes, the admiring emoticons.
The social media was brimming with memes and thumbs-ups comparing the new sandwich to that of its principal competitor, Chick-fil-A.
The 30-year-old Canadian's Instagram posts are stuffed with smiles and thumbs-ups and videos of seemingly insurmountable exercises.
The video became viral, getting nearly 30,000 thumbs-ups, hearts, and wows, and shared by almost 40,000 people on Facebook.
Everyone is so excited about posting something of themselves in a well-known breathtaking place to prove that they have been there, and in hopes of getting many hearts and thumbs-ups from people.
His silent smiles and thumbs-ups encourage her resourceful experiments until a particularly bad seizure limits his responses further.
Trump made a flurry of brief public appearances over the weekend, often with Pence at his side, to flash frequent thumbs-ups and provide quick updates on his progress in building a government.