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All Thumbs

Definition of the adjective All Thumbs

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  1. [idiomatic] Clumsy; awkward; not dextrous.


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Google previewIdioms in the News - 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples

All thumbs means clumsy, like a person with five thumbs on each hand and no other fingers. It often refers to physical ability, as in the Avalanche-Journal example, but may also refer to intellectual ability, as in the Fortune ...

Google previewAn Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions (2007)

by Ian Stuart-Hamilton

All thumbs Means the same ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

tie all things considered altogether all thumbs awkward, butter-fingered, clumsy , inept, maladroit all time eternity, ever, infinite, perpetual all together collectively, en masse, inclusive, tutti all two both allude advert, affirm, assert, communicate, ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

All thumbs developed in the 19th century as an expression indicating a complete lack of dexterity. burn your fingers (or get your fingers bu med/burnt) suffer unpleasant consequences as a result of your actions. 1998 Times An American buyer ...

Google previewThe Dimwit's Dictionary (2006)

More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Joseph Epstein

all thumbs A moribund metaphor (see page 21). ambisinister; awkward; blundering; bumbling; bungling; clumsy; gawky; gauche; ham-handed; heavyhanded; inapt; inept; lubberly; lumbering; maladroit; ...

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