- drawn out to extreme fineness or thinness.
Origin of fine-drawn
First recorded in 1830–40
- Sewing. to sew together so finely that the joining is not noticeable.
- to draw out to extreme fineness, tenuity, or subtlety.
Origin of fine-draw
First recorded in 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for fine-drawn
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
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
There could be no better audience for the fine-drawn arguments which such a controversy demands.The Makers of Modern Rome
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
- (of arguments, distinctions, etc) precise or subtle
- (of wire) drawn out until very fine; attenuated
- (of features) delicate or refined
- 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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