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Friday word: Finesse

Finesse (n):

1: refinement or delicacy of workmanship, structure, or texture
2: skillful handling of a situation : adroit maneuvering
3: the withholding of one's highest card or trump in the hope that a lower card will take the trick because the only opposing higher card is in the hand of an opponent who has already played

Examples:

  1. She handled the interview questions with finesse.

  2. <maneuvered his opponent into checkmate with his customary finesse>

Etymology:
Middle English, from Middle French, from fin, fine

First Known Use: 1528
Tags: f, french, noun, wordsmith: med_cat
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