or fine-spun

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Origin of finespun

First recorded in 1640–50; fine1 + spun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for finespun

Historical Examples of finespun

  • All his finespun hopes had been ruthlessly rent by the hand of reality.

  • Mr. Finespun was the gentleman whose retirement from the ministry the Duke of St. Bungay had now announced.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope

  • It was the tint of the copper beech, thick, finespun, with intermittent twists that gave it a wavy effect.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for finespun


  1. spun or drawn out to a fine thread
  2. excessively subtle or refined; not practical
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