: an instance or gesture of rejection, disapproval, or condemnation

Examples of thumbs-down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In choosing to keep Carpenter on the active roster, Preller seemed to give the farm a thumbs-down. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 Within 30 days after the DOT gives it a thumbs-down. Curbed, 19 May 2023 Her mother responded quickly: thumbs-down, thumbs-up, double exclamation marks. Ann-Marie Alcántara, WSJ, 27 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thumbs-down was in 1889

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“Thumbs-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thumbs-down. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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