cock a thumb

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jacdac

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Lebanese
How do you cock your thumb? Pointing vertically upward or diagnonally or horizontally or all ?

He cocked a thumb
at the radio and said, stupidly proud of his useless knowledge: ‘That’s The Chords. The original black version.’
source: Lisey's story by Stephen King

Thank you
 
  • dojibear

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    English - Northeast US
    The above comments are good suggestions about what the book quote is saying.

    More generally, "cock a thumb" does not imply any specific shape or direction, and does not imply any specific purpose or meaning. It just means separating the thumb from the other fingers (making it visible by itself) to gesture in some way.
     
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