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long finger

(Irish) put something on the long finger, to postpone something for a long time
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  • It threw a long finger of light on the gate posts of a corral.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • He swung around to point a long finger at the fat man sitting there.

    Meeting of the Board Alan Edward Nourse
  • And the money-lender shook his long finger into the faces of the boys.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • These appear to have been attached all along the arm and to the end of the long finger.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • Then he leaned over the stall and reached out a long finger.

    Mr. Achilles Jennette Lee
  • His long finger nails were buried in the yellow flesh of his palms.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • Henry followed the long finger and saw the outline of a footstep.

    The Young Trailers

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Sadly the young Italian tapped his forehead with one long finger.

    Ashton-Kirk, Investigator John T. McIntyre
  • He raised his hand and with his long finger nail scratched his chin.

    An Arkansas Planter Opie Percival Read

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