thumb ( thumbs plural & 3rd person present) ( thumbing present participle) ( thumbed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count Your thumb is the short thick part on the side of your hand next to your four fingers.
She bit the tip of her left thumb, not looking at me.
2 verb If you thumb a lift or thumb a ride, you stand by the side of the road holding out your thumb until a driver stops and gives you a lift.
It may interest you to know that a boy answering Rory's description thumbed a ride to Howth... V n to n
Thumbing a lift had once a carefree, easy-going image. V n
4 If you say that someone or something sticks out like a sore thumb or stands out like a sore thumb, you are emphasizing that they are very noticeable, usually because they are unusual or inappropriate.
stick out like a sore thumb phrase V and N inflect (emphasis)
Does the new housing stick out like a sore thumb or blend into its surroundings?...
5 If you say that someone is twiddling their thumbs, you mean that they do not have anything to do and are waiting for something to happen.
twiddle one's thumbs phrase V inflects
The prospect of waiting around just twiddling his thumbs was appalling...
6 If you are under someone's thumb, you are under their control, or very heavily influenced by them.
under sb's thumb phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v
I cannot tell you what pain I feel when I see how much my mother is under my father's thumb...
to thumb your nose at someone
rule of thumb
rule thumb through phrasal verb If you thumb through something such as a book or magazine, you turn the pages quickly rather than reading each page carefully.
He had the drawer open and was thumbing through the files. V P n
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