finesse






noun

  1. extreme delicacy or subtlety in action, performance, skill, discrimination, taste, etc.
  2. skill in handling a difficult or highly sensitive situation; adroit and artful management: exceptional diplomatic finesse.
  3. a trick, artifice, or stratagem.
  4. Bridge, Whist. an attempt to win a trick with a card while holding a higher card not in sequence with it, in the hope that the card or cards between will not be played.

verb (used without object), fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing.

  1. to use finesse or artifice.
  2. to make a finesse at cards.

verb (used with object), fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing.

  1. to bring about by finesse or artifice.
  2. to avoid; circumvent.
  3. to make a finesse with (a card).
  4. to force the playing of (a card) by a finesse.

noun

  1. elegant skill in style or performance
  2. subtlety and tact in handling difficult situations
  3. 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
  4. a trick, artifice, or strategy

verb

  1. to manage or bring about with finesse
  2. to play (a card) as a finesse
n.

1520s, from Middle French finesse “fineness, subtlety,” from Old French fin “subtle, delicate” (see fine (adj.)).

v.

1746, originally as a term in whist; see finesse (n.). Related: Finessed; finessing.

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