thumbs down something


thumbs down something
(give a) thumbs down to (someone/something) to show disapproval of or opposition to someone or something.

My husband gave a big thumbs down to my idea of getting a new car.

Usage notes: often used in the form give the thumbs down (to something):

Voters gave the thumbs down to building a new firehouse.

Opposite of: (give a) thumbs up to (someone/something)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • give a thumbs down something — (give a) thumbs down to (someone/something) to show disapproval of or opposition to someone or something. My husband gave a big thumbs down to my idea of getting a new car. Usage notes: often used in the form give the thumbs down (to something):… …   New idioms dictionary

  • thumbs up something — (give a) thumbs up to (someone/something) to show approval of or support for someone or something. Voters gave a thumbs up to building swimming pool for the town. Usage notes: often used in the form give the thumbs up (to something): We have been …   New idioms dictionary

  • thumbs down & thumbs up — If something gets the thumbs up, it gets approval, while the thumbs down means disapproval …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • thumbs-down — n refusal, rejection, disapproval, negation, rebuff, no, turn down ≠ thumbs up * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: from the imperative phrase thumbs down : the act …   Useful english dictionary

  • thumbs down someone — (give a) thumbs down to (someone/something) to show disapproval of or opposition to someone or something. My husband gave a big thumbs down to my idea of getting a new car. Usage notes: often used in the form give the thumbs down (to something):… …   New idioms dictionary

  • thumbs down — (give a) thumbs down to (someone/something) to show disapproval of or opposition to someone or something. My husband gave a big thumbs down to my idea of getting a new car. Usage notes: often used in the form give the thumbs down (to something):… …   New idioms dictionary

  • thumbs down — 1. n. a sign of disapproval. (See also turn thumbs down (on someone or something).) □ The board gave our proposal a thumbs down. □ Not another thumbs down! 2. mod. disapproving; negative. □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • thumbs-down — UK / US noun [singular] informal a reaction that shows you do not like something such as a plan or an idea, or that you will not accept it give something the thumbs down: Public opinion has given the idea a massive thumbs down …   English dictionary

  • thumbs down & thumbs up —    If something gets the thumbs up, it gets approval, while the thumbs down means disapproval.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Thumbs down & thumbs up —   If something gets the thumbs up, it gets approval, while the thumbs down means disapproval …   Dictionary of English idioms