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British English: /θʌm/
American English: /θəm/

Translation of thumb in French:


transitive verb

  • 1
    feuilleter (book, magazine)
    a well-thumbed book
    un livre fatigué
  • 2 [informal] (hitchhiking)to thumb a lift ou a ride
    faire du stop [informal]
    faire de l'autostop
    I thumbed a lift from a truck driver
    je me suis fait prendre en stop par un routier [informal]
    they thumbed a lift home
    ils sont rentrés en stop [informal]

intransitive verb

  • to thumb at ou towards something
    indiquer quelque chose du pouce


to be all thumbs

être très maladroit

to be under somebody's thumb

être sous la domination de quelqu'un

she's got him under her thumb

elle le mène à la baguette [informal]

to thumb one's nose at somebody

faire un pied de nez à quelqu'un

to thumb one's nose at somebody/something

faire la nique à quelqu'un/quelque chose [informal]

to stick out like a sore thumb

faire tache [pejorative]

Phrasal verbs

thumb through

thumb through [something]
feuilleter (book, magazine)
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