two fingers

two fingers

1. One's index and middle fingers when raised in a V shape with one's palm turned inward, used as a rude gesture of disrespect, derision, or contempt. Primarily heard in UK. I waved hello to the young man, and he just stuck two fingers up at me! I put my two fingers up at the bloke who cut me off, and he got out of his car and started threatening me.
2. A measurement of a drink, especially an alcoholic one, equal to the width of one's index and middle fingers pressed up against the glass. Primarily heard in UK. As part of the drinking game, you have to slam two fingers of vodka every time you draw the wrong card. He was drinking two fingers of whiskey at a time, so I knew he was going to be in a stupor by the end of the evening.
See also: finger, two

two fingers

n. a measurement of liquor in a glass. I’ll take two fingers of that tiger milk, John.
See also: finger, two
References in classic literature ?
"And I read 'Marchiali' in characters as large as this," said Aramis, also holding up two fingers.
The commander of the company, with his eyes fixed on his superior, pressed two fingers more and more rigidly to his cap, as if in this pressure lay his only hope of salvation.
Two fingers and a hasty scalp-wound had been the price he paid for his life.
When we started, the crowd round the inn door, which had by this time swelled to a considerable size, all made the sign of the cross and pointed two fingers towards me.
The passenger turned his face away, at the same time putting out his two fingers and crossing himself.
The handsome, stately head-deacon wearing a silver robe and his curly locks standing out at each side of his head, stepped smartly forward, and lifting his stole on two fingers, stood opposite the priest.
He was a pale, tallowy creature, wanting two fingers of the left hand, and though he wore a cutlass, he did not look much like a fighter.
She pulled up the loose sleeve of her blouse, and he saw the bruised imprints of two fingers.
Two fingers of his left hand were doubled into a permanent bend, and, to an expert, would have advertised that he was a leper.
Feeling himself so smitten, he imagined himself slain or badly wounded for certain, and recollecting his liquor he drew out his flask, and putting it to his mouth began to pour the contents into his stomach; but ere he had succeeded in swallowing what seemed to him enough, there came another almond which struck him on the hand and on the flask so fairly that it smashed it to pieces, knocking three or four teeth and grinders out of his mouth in its course, and sorely crushing two fingers of his hand.
They were two fingers broad, dark in color, pretty thick, and the hairs were an inch long.
Almost instantly a female head was put out at the window, with two fingers placed upon her mouth, either to enjoin silence or to send him a kiss.
After trying the leg with a finger, and two fingers, and one hand and two hands, and over and under, and up and down, and in this direction and in that, and approvingly remarking on the points of interest to another gentleman who joined him, the surgeon at last clapped the patient on the shoulder, and said, 'He won't hurt.
| A SHERIFF said a shoplifter had effectively "put two fingers up" to him by continuing to offend after being given a chance.
Former detective Sean Lynch said people in Patrickswell gave him "the two fingers".