verb (used without object), fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing.
verb (used with object), fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing.
Origin of finesse
Synonyms for finesse
Related Words for finessingplay, jockey, angle, wangle, exploit, bluff, rig, beguile, finagle, operate
Examples from the Web for finessing
Historical Examples of finessing
They made for him boldly; there was no need of finessing in his case.Harvard Stories
Waldron Kintzing Post
And that shows that you are only a man after all; in spite of your finessing.The March Family Trilogy, Complete
William Dean Howells
He threw aside his first intention of finessing Belle into his bedroom on the plea of asking her to help him to pack.The Sins of the Children
Come, Chief Inspector, this finessing with me is highly improper on your part—highly improper.The Secret Agent
That desire was the one real and substantial thing in a somewhat superficial, egotistic, and finessing character.Stella Fregelius
H. Rider Haggard
Word Origin for finesse
1746, originally as a term in whist; see finesse (n.). Related: Finessed; finessing.
1520s, from Middle French finesse "fineness, subtlety," from Old French fin "subtle, delicate" (see fine (adj.)).