Give something the thumbs up 同意贊成

更新時間 2012年 8月 31日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間14:11
Sini Zeng of China cycles past her coach as he gives the thumbs up during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Sini Zeng of China passes her coach on her way to a gold medal in the pursuit cycling event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty

今日小常識

The gesture of thumbs up is often believed to originate in ancient Rome following gladiatorial combat when the fate of a defeated warrior was decided by spectators watching the event. They would gesture either with thumbs downturned - to mimic the stabbing motion of a dagger - to indicate the warrior be executed, or if the warrior had fought well, an upturned thumb - or thumbs up - would signify the warrior could be spared.

拇指朝上的這個動作可能源於古羅馬時代角鬥士的武斗。那個時候的角鬥士如果輸了,他的命運將由觀眾決定。觀眾做出拇指朝下的手勢,就像是一把匕首向下插的樣子,這就意味著角斗者會被處死。如果觀眾認為角斗者表現很好,做出拇指朝上的手勢,表示可以饒他一命。

今日短語

短語 to give something the thumbs up 豎起大拇指,意思就是贊成同意這件事情。

例句

Daisy's cake was delicious – I'd definitely give it the thumbs up.

Wait until I give the thumbs up before you send that email to head office.

The boss just gave me the thumbs up to take three days off next week.

請注意

另一個短語 to thumb through something 意思是 隨意瀏覽翻閱雜誌書刊。

I was in a rush so I only got to thumb through your novel on the train.

At the hairdresser's salon, Helen enjoyed thumbing through their selection of magazines.

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