or fine-spun

[ fahyn-spuhn ]
/ ˈfaɪnˈspʌn /
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spun or drawn out to a fine thread.
highly or excessively refined or subtle.
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Origin of finespun

First recorded in 1640–50; fine1 + spun
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How to use finespun in a sentence

  • Marquis Conrade, thy wit begins to halt; I will trust thy finespun measures no longer, but will try my own.

    The Talisman|Sir Walter Scott
  • It was the tint of the copper beech, thick, finespun, with intermittent twists that gave it a wavy effect.

    The Pagan Madonna|Harold MacGrath
  • Mr. Finespun was the gentleman whose retirement from the ministry the Duke of St. Bungay had now announced.

    Can You Forgive Her?|Anthony Trollope
  • All his finespun hopes had been ruthlessly rent by the hand of reality.

British Dictionary definitions for finespun

/ (ˈfaɪnˈspʌn) /

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