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  • verb Present participle of thumb.

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Examples

  • When I heard his car door slam shut, I picked up the want ads and begin thumbing through them, trying to look very intent.

    8-BIT PROCRASTINATION • by Stephanie Scarborough

  • No, this is one for the lovers of the more arcane nooks and crannies of the criminal law, those who delight in thumbing old law books rather than having to deal with the real world.

    Archive 2008-11-30

  • No, this is one for the lovers of the more arcane nooks and crannies of the criminal law, those who delight in thumbing old law books rather than having to deal with the real world.

    Nooks & Crannies of The Common Law

  • My biggest laugh came in thumbing through the pages of Geneva West's book What Do White People Really Know About Black People?

    July 2007

  • My biggest laugh came in thumbing through the pages of Geneva West's book What Do White People Really Know About Black People?

    Saturday at the Harlem Book Fair: Culture and Controversy

  • Osama and his pals have disappeared into the Pakistani hinterlands; there is no clear mission for our military; Iran is once again thumbing their noses at us; mistakes and lies have squandered world opinion; and the military infastructure has been replaced and so riddled by contractors like Halliburton that the soldiers can’t even cook their own meals or order their own supplies.

    Think Progress » Gen. John Batiste, who led the 1st Infantry Division

  • Yesterday I stopped by after running some errands on Broadway, with nothing but the idea of thumbing through the summer t-shirt racks.

    More Shopping News: Crossroads Trading Co | Seattle Metblogs

  • M. O'BRIEN: Finally, what about doctors who, you know, kind of thumbing their nose at the law here and being too cute winking and nodding, could they face charges?

    CNN Transcript Apr 13, 2007

  • David, watching that press conference today, I mean, there are a lot of critics as John was talking about, who would portray this president based on that press conference as being out of touch and kind of thumbing his nose at the idea of doing some sort of course correction.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2006

  • "This year, you feel like firms are kind of thumbing their noses back."

    M.B.A.'s of 2001 Line Up at Investment Banks and Consulting Firms

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  • (noun) - That species of intimidation practised by masters on their servants, when the latter are compelled to vote as their masters please. --James Halliwell's Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, 1855

    February 7, 2018