Hi my EF friends,

I just finished translation of the new CSI Las Vegas episode, for my parents and my friends. It was quite easy, except of one little thing....Guys from america, can you explain me your phrase "sticking the thumb in someones eye" ?? Im sure that it have special meaning...According to the examples, which I found on the internet, I'd bet that it means "make a joke on someones account" ..."or not to tell the truth to someone"...Examples from inet:

- He fired the first salvo in 2003 and has been sticking his thumb in Islamist eyes ever since

- Mr. McCain, who has delighted in sticking his thumb in the eye of mainstream Republicans ...

- George Bush is sticking his thumb in the eye of his base," says Mark Krikorian

Or mentioned situation from CSI episode:

(CSIs found the dead body of a girl in the box. The body in the box was arranged like a body on the funeral...)..CSIs were thinking why...One of them said:

- Maybe the killer's just sticking his thumb in God's eye. Or practicing to be a mortician.

Many thanks in advance for your clarification...

your Regular member ..:-)


As a Canadian, I wouldn't say this is a standard and widely used phrase, because I don't often encounter it.

It just seems to mean "to provoke, to taunt". If I stick my thumb in your eye, it will make you angry with me, and it will show that I am not afraid of you.

Best wishes, Clive
Interesting...I'd never heard this one before.
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Thank you very much Clive! I have a similar opinion like you, but confirmation from native speaker is always better...Emotion: wink Personally, what I don't like on English are the phrases, which are not explained in the internet dictionaries. At least, I searched all my sources with fine-tooth comb and I didn't find nothing...:-(

Best Regards

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Interesting...I'd never heard this one before.
Neither had I, but it certainly is descriptive enough to guess what it means.