two thumbs up

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Etymology[edit]

American film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel co-hosted a movie review program, At the Movies. The two had different tastes, and often verbally sparred and traded humorous barbs. When both critics gave the film a thumbs up, it was assumed that the film was very good.

Noun[edit]

two thumbs up

  1. (idiomatic) Strong approval.
  2. (dated) A hand gesture indicating strong approval.
    • 1935 Jul 7, “GLOSSARY OF RADIO'S NEW TERMS COMPILED”, Los Angeles Times:
      Two thumbs up means everything om time and perfect.
    • 1963 Oct 18, “Three More Negroes Register To Vote In Louisiana Town”, Toledo Blade:
      As he walked out of the court house, he showed two thumbs up and reached in his pocket to display his registration slip to some 30 other Negroes

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