thumb idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘thumb’.
- all fingers and thumbs
meaning – a clumsy person
example – Don’t pass the ball to Hannah, she’s all fingers and thumbs.
- rule of thumb
meaning – a basic rule that isn’t always followed
example – A rule of thumb is 300 grams per person.
- stick out like a sore thumb
meaning – be very obvious
example – Don’t wear fancy dress costume to a black-tie event. You’ll stick out like a sore thumb.
- thumbs down
meaning – a sign of disapproval/rejection
example – The manager gave the thumbs down to my new marketing idea.
- thumbs up
meaning – a gesture of approval
example – My mum gave me the thumbs up when she met my hunky boyfriend.
- twiddle one’s thumbs
meaning – be bored/have nothing to do
example – It poured down all weekend, so I just stayed in and twiddled my thumbs.
- under the thumb
meaning – under the complete control of another person
example – My boss is completely under my thumb. if I ask for a pay rise, I’ll get one.
thumb idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.