under someone's thumb

Definition of under someone's thumb

  1. :  under someone's control or influence He kept the employees under his thumb.

Word by Word Definitions

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

thumbplay
  1. :  the short thick digit of the human hand that is analogous in position to the big toe and differs from the other fingers in having only two phalanges, allowing greater freedom of movement, and being opposable to each of them

    :  a corresponding digit in lower animals

    :  the part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb

  1. :  to turn over pages

    :  to travel by thumbing rides :  hitchhike

    :  to request or obtain (a ride) in a passing automobile by signaling with the thumb


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