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teachersalah
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2018 5:04:02 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 ?
NKM
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2018 11:30:04 PM

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It's a figure of speech. To "poke a thumb in someones's eye" is to (symbolically) get revenge or "get even".

It's similar to "teaching someone a lesson".

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