Pollice verso or verso pollice is a Latin phrase, meaning "with a turned thumb", that is used in the context of gladiatorial combat. It refers to the hand gesture or thumbs signal used by Ancient Roman crowds to pass judgment on a defeated gladiator.
However, the precise type of gesture described by the phrase pollice verso and its meaning are the subject of much scholarly debate.
In modern popular culture, the convention has arisen that "thumbs down" was the signal that a defeated gladiator should be condemned to death; "thumbs up", that he should be spared.
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