I was compiling a list of 50 idioms connected to body parts and while I googled these phrases, I cracked up. of course, one shouldn’t take idioms by its literal meaning. however, I couldn’t help myself from laughing when I’m reading it sans its figurative content. The following video shows you a few more interesting idioms:
Don’t take it literally!
An idiom contains words that when taken collectively, show us the figurative meaning of such phrase; otherwise, when each word is taken separately would indicate its usual, predictable meaning that could be readily found in a dictionary. Idioms have cultural bearing and localized usage which require outsiders to be familiar with its meaning. however, an idiom’s popularity makes it universally known and used.
1. to say someone is all thumbs, means that the person is lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace, or clumsy in doing things. also synonymous with be all fingers and thumbs and be all thumbs.
2. to thumb (one’s) nose means to express scorn or ridicule someone. also used as thumb your nose at somebody/something.
3. thumbs down is used to express rejection, refusal, or disapproval.
4. you say thumbs up means to express approval, success, or hope.
5. to be under (one’s) thumb, means to be under the control of someone or be a subordinate to someone. (more…)