Wrayson, although no one could accuse him of a lack of savoir faire, found himself scarcely at his ease.
It was, if I may say so, a savoir faire of the heart instead of the head.
It was in sooth, a predicament to strain the savoir faire of the most polished courtier.
At any rate, I admired the sergeant's tact and savoir faire.
The repast to which we sat down gave me a very exalted opinion of the savoir faire of my friend's chef.
I could not help noting the reserve and savoir faire with which my host took all this.
The young Hebrews are frequently intelligent, well-bred, and witty, with a savoir faire which their Christian brethren lack.
They conducted themselves with the poise and savoir faire of grown women.
I admire this story for the savoir faire, the nonchalance, the Vivian Greyism of Indian life.
For a moment, his savoir faire deserted him, and he was filled with ordinary, human-boy panic.
"instinctive knowledge of the right course of action in any circumstance," 1815, from French, literally "to know (how) to do," from savoir "to know" (from Latin sapere; see sapient) + faire (from Latin facere; see factitious). French also has savoir-vivre "ability in good society; knowledge of customs in the world."
Ease and dexterity in social and practical affairs: “Peter is a friendly person, but he lacks the savoir faire required for a successful career in the foreign service.” From French, meaning “to know how to act.”