backward-facing thumb

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sisse nar

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Hi, everyone.

This is from <The Bat> by Jo Nesbo.

"He put a backward-facing thumb in front of his mouth. Harry nodded. So the doctor was a thirsty soul."

I don't get the picture of the bold sentence.
Does he put his thumb up toward his side? Is that a cultural sign for a drunker?
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    He should have his hand balled into a fist with his thumb pointing toward his mouth, sisse nar. That way, his hand looks a little bit like a bottle. Then he can tilt his head back as though he were taking a drink from that bottle.

    The gesture is commonly used in the US as a sign for a drunkard.
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