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1.
The case in which a male dominates his female partner.

Made popular in the late sixties by the Rolling Stones.
That bitch does what shes told...I got her under my thumb
by James... July 26, 2004
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2.
An early american law allowed a husband to whip his wife with whatever he chose, as long as it's thickness was smaller than that of his thumb.
I keep a tight hold on my wife, she is under my thumb.
by Alison Adams September 15, 2006
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