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thumbs-up

verb; zero derivation
to give someone a thumbs-up on Facebook messenger or another medium
 
A likely conversion of thumbs-up, the emoji one can send, to the action of sending the emoji. This is a common trend in English where words used for an object shift to mean doing something with the object. The verb appears to be conjugated the same way as to one-up.
Etymology : from thumb 'the largest finger' (from PIE *tum- 'to swell') and up (from Proto-Germanic *upp 'up')
Source : (October): “You thumbs-upped me?!” (A friend)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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