What does biting your thumb mean

Sampson and Gregory are servants of Capulet (Juliet's family) and are walking alengthy talking around just how much they hate the Montegues (Romeo's family). Sampson is talking shit and also Gregory is saying that Sampkid won't actually throw down if something happened. Sampchild claims that if they come throughout a Montegue he'll acquire angry and disrespect him, and keeps talking even more shit around what he would certainly execute to them.

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That's once they come throughout Abram (Montegue servant) and also another. Gregory tells Sampkid "Yo, tright here they are, pull out your sword and also execute your point." Sampson says that his sword is out already and also that he's gained Gregory's ago. Gregory calls him a little bitch, that Sampson was the one searching for the fight and also now he's just backup, and tells him that Sampkid would most likely run amethod if somepoint went down.

Now Sampkid is being even more of a bitch, worried around breaking the regulation. He doesn't desire to begin somepoint, and states to Gregory to wait and also let THEM start somepoint. Gregory claims he'll frown at them, and also Sampson claims he'll bite his thumb to provoke them. If Abram ignores the insult then they'll be dishonored. Boy, those Capuallows, really showing up the Montegues here.

So this leads to the exchange:

Abraham: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

Sampson: I execute bite my thumb, sir.

Abraham: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

Sampson (to Gregory): Is the regulation of our side if I say ay?

Gregory: No.

Sampson: No, sir, I perform not bite my thumb at you sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.

Gregory: Do you quarrel, sir?

Abraham: Quarrel, sir? No, sir.

Sampson: If you do, sir, I am for you: I serve as excellent a man as you.

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Abraham: No much better.

Sampson: Well, sir.

Gregory: (to Sampson) Say 'better'; right here comes among my master's kinsguys.

Sampson: Yes, better, sir.

Abraham: You lie.

Sampson: Draw, if you be men! Gregory, remember thy swashing blow. (They fight)

So Abram is asking Sampboy if he's insulting him. Sampson feigns ignorance and states he was just being insulting in basic. Abram repeats the question. Sampboy asks Gregory whether it would certainly be lawful for him to admit to straight insulting Abram, and also Gregory shelp no, that he'd be provoking it, so Sampboy bitches out aget and states that he wasn't being straight insulting. Gregory then asks Abram if he's trying to start a fight, and Abram's like "What, me? No." Sampboy grows some balls and also insults Abram's boss (Mr. Montegue). Gregory sees an additional Capulet coming, so Gregory eggs on Sampson, saying "Yo, my boy's below, go ahead and say Mr. Capulet is better than Mr. Montegue." Sampson and Abram begin fighting as Benvolio (Romeo Montegue's cousin) gets tbelow. Benvolio pulls his sword and tries to sheight the fight, calling them idiots. But then Tybalt (Juliet Capulet's cousin, the man that Gregory witnessed coming) walks in. He laughs at Benvolio bereason he thinks Benvolio is fighting with the servants, so Tybalt starts to fight through Bevolio.

So currently servants are fighting servants, Romeo's cousin is fighting Juliet's cousin, citizens are starting to gather and also insulting BOTH households, then the Lords and also Ladies Capulet and Montague obtain on the scene. Shit's out of manage because of the feud, there's a crazy riot going on, and also also Old Man Capulet and also Old Man Montague are posturing and also wanting to go at it. Then the Prince reflects up via his peeps and shuts the totality point dvery own.