- 1 [mass noun] Impressive delicacy and skill: orchestral playing of great finesseMore example sentences
- But the Bulldogs' goal-line defence was equally as impressive as their finishing finesse.
- There is an inherently satisfying quality to sharing the gratification of skill, finesse and excitement with a substantial number of individuals.
- It is a game of skill, finesse and intelligence.
- 1.1Great subtlety and tact in handling or manipulating people or difficult situations: clients want advice and action that calls for considerable finesseMore example sentences
- And I learnt from my Parsi connections through marriage that death and sorrow can be handled with so much finesse, so much dignity.
- Handle issues with finesse, and you and the crew could come out closer.
- The elegance of the juxtapositions, presented with utmost tact and finesse, allowed associations to seep into our minds almost unbidden.
- 2(In bridge and whist) an attempt to win a trick with a card that is not a certain winner, typically by playing it as the third card in a trick in the hope that any card that could beat it is in the hand of the opponent who has already played.More example sentences
- It would be unwise for West to lead from either of his 3x suits (not knowing that partner has the aces), and West hopes to take a finesse in cups later.
- Advocates were either unaware of the magnitude of possible complications or had their perception thereof narrowed and/or finessed by ideologically driven a priori beliefs, and so on.
- To do its job, a test needs to be absolutely fair and rigorous, incapable of being finessed, and externally moderated.
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- 1Bring about or deal with (something) by using great delicacy and skill: Karen spent ten months finessing the financing for the propertyMore example sentences
- It takes a measure of artistic fortitude to lovingly depict the ordinary, and ample skill to finesse it into quietly seductive works of art.
- The plain fact is that he should have gone to Shanghai personally to finesse the deal with the car makers.
- He's a bedroom wizard, finessing the ragged street sounds of garage and hip hop into sleek, clipped cyber-beats; employing everything from maracas to car alarms in his percussive quest.
- 1.1chiefly North American Slyly attempt to avoid blame or censure when dealing with (a situation or problem): despite the administration’s attempts to finesse its mishaps, the public remained waryMore example sentences
- It appears that the administration will attempt to finesse this problem by the blatant expedient of pretending the borrowing never happened.
- Some interpreters attempt to finesse the problem, claiming that it is irrelevant.
- As a measure of character, also consider how he finessed the problem of appeasing tree-huggers while avoiding offence to countrymen whom the accords would have thrown out of work.
- 2(In bridge and whist) play (a card) in the hope of winning a trick with it because any card that could beat it is in the hand of the opponent who has already played.More example sentences
- There are three ways of winning tricks: by playing high cards or by finessing (the Venetian word for finesse is passera); by establishing long suits; by trumping suits in which one is void.
late Middle English (in the sense 'purity, delicacy'): from French, related to fine1.