Awkward, especially with your hands; clumsy.
Harry tried to fix the chair but he was all thumbs.
A talent for gardening; ability to make things grow. Considered trite by many.
Человек, у которого талант к садоводству, к выращиванию растений. Считается банальным выражением.
Mr. Wilson's neighbors say his flowers grow because he has a green thumb.
My neighbor has a green thumb and she is able to grow one of the best gardens in our neighborhood.
У моей соседки настоящий талант к садоводству, она может вырастить самый лучший сад во всей округе.
rule of thumb
A simple and practical method that has proven successful or useful in the past.
It is a very good rule of thumb to look up all unfamiliar words in a good dictionary.
stick out like a sore thumb
To be conspicuous; be different from the rest.
When the foreign student was placed in an advanced English grammar class by mistake, it was no wonder that he stuck out like a sore thumb.
thumb a ride
To get a ride by hitchhiking; hitchhike.
Not having much money, Carl decided to thumb a ride to New York.
thumb one's nose
To hold one's open hand in front of one's face with one's thumb pointed at one's nose as a sign of scorn or dislike.
After Bob ran into the house he thumbed his nose at Tom through the window.
To look with disfavor or dislike; regard with scorn; refuse to obey. Used with at.
Betty thumbed her nose at her mother's command to stay home.
Mary thumbed her nose at convention by wearing odd clothes.
To examine superficially; read cursorily.
I have read "War and Peace" but Fran has only thumbed through it.
turn thumbs down
To disapprove or reject; say no. Usually used with on.
The company turned thumbs down on Mr. Smith's sales plan.
The men turned thumbs down on a strike at that time.