thumbs down

 A negative response.
 ► “Some TOP-GUN economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City were thumbs-down on FED Chairman Alan Greenspan when it came to the dollar. They challenged his view.” (Business Week, Sept. 18, 1995, p. 46)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • thumbs-down — thumbs′ down′ n. inf an act, instance, or gesture of disapproval or rejection • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 — (informal) REJECTION, refusal, veto, no, negation, rebuff; informal red light, knock back. → thumb * * * thumbs down A sign indicating disapproval, prohibition, failure, etc (also figurative; see also ↑pollice verso; thumbs downˈ noun) • • • Main …   Useful english 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 — (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 — also thumbs down N SING If you say that someone gives a plan, idea, or suggestion the thumbs down, you are indicating that they do not approve of it and refuse to accept it. [INFORMAL] Ant: thumbs up …   English dictionary

  • thumbs down — /θʌmz ˈdaʊn/ (say thumz down) noun 1. a gesture made by pointing the thumb of one hand downward, symbolising defeat or, in Roman times, death. 2. rejection, disapproval, especially of a proposal: *A compromise plan on digital broadcasting seems… …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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 — rejection or disapproval: big thumbs down for the presidency …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • thumbs down — Australian Slang rejection or disapproval: big thumbs down for the presidency …   English dialects glossary

  • thumbs-down — see thumbs down …   English dictionary


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