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[fahyn-drawn] /ˈfaɪnˈdrɔn/
drawn out to extreme fineness or thinness.
Origin of fine-drawn
First recorded in 1830-40


[fahyn-draw] /ˈfaɪnˈdrɔ/
verb (used with object), fine-drew, fine-drawn, fine-drawing.
Sewing. to sew together so finely that the joining is not noticeable.
to draw out to extreme fineness, tenuity, or subtlety.
First recorded in 1725-35
Related forms
fine-drawer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fine-drawn
Historical Examples
  • There it is again—a fine-drawn, shrill, piercing cry as of some animal in trouble.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
  • These fine-drawn speculations, however, are a sheer waste of breath.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • Something like this I have heard, but it seems too fine-drawn a conclusion.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling
  • I, who am not so fine-drawn, had found the last hour a little trying.

    The Sixth Sense

    Stephen McKenna
  • There could be no better audience for the fine-drawn arguments which such a controversy demands.

    The Makers of Modern Rome Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • If you want subtle distinctions and fine-drawn differences, you must try elsewhere.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • As the door closed, Kirkwood swung impulsively to Brentwick, with the brief, uneven laugh of fine-drawn nerves.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • One singer, whose appearance was always a signal for laughter, had to deliver a fine-drawn sentimental melody.

    The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • The fine-drawn distinctions of such men were quickly brushed aside by the aggressive self-confidence of the inquisitors.

  • The premises are assumed without sufficient investigation, while the reasonings are fine-drawn and flimsy.

British Dictionary definitions for fine-drawn


(of arguments, distinctions, etc) precise or subtle
(of wire) drawn out until very fine; attenuated
(of features) delicate or refined


verb (transitive) -draws, -drawing, -drew, -drawn
to sew together so finely that the join is scarcely noticeable
to carry out the last drawing-out operation on (wire, tube, etc) to reduce its diameter
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