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British pronunciation/θˈʌmz ˈʌp/
American pronunciation/θˈʌmz ˈʌp/
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an instance or gesture that indicates approval or satisfaction

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What is the origin of the idiom "thumbs up" and when to use it?

The idiom "thumbs up" has its origin in ancient Roman culture, where a thumbs up gesture was used as a sign of approval or agreement. Gladiatorial contests in ancient Rome often involved life-or-death situations, and the crowd would signal their preference for the fate of the defeated combatant. A thumbs up indicated that the crowd wished the gladiator to be spared, while a thumbs down meant a fatal blow. Over time, the thumbs up gesture evolved into a universally recognized sign of positive affirmation or approval.

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The audience responded with a thumbs up when the speaker made a compelling argument, expressing agreement and satisfaction.
After tasting the dish, the food critic gave it a thumbs up, recommending it to their readers.
The teacher gave the students a thumbs up for their excellent presentations, acknowledging their hard work and preparation.
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