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teachersalah
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2018 5:04:04 PM
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I read the following article in nytimes
The emergence of a former coal boss with a criminal record as a potential Senate nominee seems partly an expression of many West Virginia voters’ desire to poke a thumb in the eye of the Washington establishment, Republicans very much included.
what does the expression means ?
thar
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2018 5:39:01 PM

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How would you feel if someone poked their thumb in your eye? Whistle

Do they respect you?


The voters like this candidate - with a criminal record. That shows how low their opinion is of the established politicians, that they trust this guy more than the Washington establishment.
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Gabriel82
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2018 9:46:03 PM

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teachersalah wrote:
I read the following article in nytimes
The emergence of a former coal boss with a criminal record as a potential Senate nominee seems partly an expression of many West Virginia voters’ desire to poke a thumb in the eye of the Washington establishment, Republicans very much included.
what does the expression means ?


It means they want to hurt someone in a painful way, although in a kind of comical way: this was something akin to what the Three Stooges did to each other as an early form of slapstick humor. So it's supposed to hurt, but it is something done (implied) in a jesting kind of way.
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