lay a finger on

Also, put a finger on. Barely touch, as in You'd better not lay a finger on those documents! or If you lay a finger on me, I'll sue. This expression is nearly always used as a prohibition. [Mid-1800s] Also see put one's finger on.


Nearby words

  1. laxatively,
  2. laxity,
  3. laxness,
  4. laxness, halldór kiljan,
  5. lay,
  6. lay a wager,
  7. lay about one,
  8. lay an egg,
  9. lay analyst,
  10. lay aside

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