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finesse


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Finesse  \Fi`nesse"\  (?  or  ?),  n.  [F.,  fr  fin  fine.  See  {Fine}, 
  a.] 
  1.  Subtilty  of  contrivance  to  gain  a  point;  artifice; 
  stratagem. 
 
  This  is  the  artificialest  piece  of  finesse  to 
  persuade  men  into  slavery.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  (Whist  Playing)  The  act  of  finessing.  See  {Finesse},  v. 
  i.,  2. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Finesse  \Fi*nesse"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Finessed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Finessing}.] 
  1.  To  use  artifice  or  stratagem.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  2.  (Whist  Playing)  To  attempt,  when  second  or  third  player, 
  to  make  a  lower  card  answer  the  purpose  of  a  higher,  when 
  an  intermediate  card  is  out  risking  the  chance  of  its 
  being  held  by  the  opponent  yet  to  play. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  finesse 
  n  :  subtly  skillful  handling  of  a  situation  [syn:  {delicacy},  {diplomacy}, 
  {discreetness}] 




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