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finesse

[ fi-ness ]
/ fɪˈnɛss /
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noun
verb (used without object), fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing.
to use finesse or artifice.
to make a finesse at cards.
verb (used with object), fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing.
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Origin of finesse

1400–50; late Middle English: degree of excellence or purity <Middle French <Vulgar Latin *fīnitia.See fine1, -ice
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British Dictionary definitions for finesse

finesse
/ (fɪˈnɛs) /

noun
elegant skill in style or performance
subtlety and tact in handling difficult situations
bridge whist an attempt to win a trick when opponents hold a high card in the suit led by playing a lower card, hoping the opponent who has already played holds the missing card
a trick, artifice, or strategy
verb
to manage or bring about with finesse
to play (a card) as a finesse

Word Origin for finesse

C15: from Old French, from fin fine, delicate; see fine 1
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