Finesse meaning

fə-nĕs'
The definition of finesse is skillful, artful or diplomatic handling of something that might be difficult for others.

An example of finesse is what you exhibit when you carefully arrange a situation to your liking.

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Refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship.
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Skillful, subtle handling of a situation; tactful, diplomatic maneuvering.
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To finesse is defined as to do something skillfully or slyly, especially something that requires delicacy.

An example of finesse is when you diplomatically arrange a complicated situation so it turns out in your favor.

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A method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card.
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(uncountable) The property of having grace, elegance, skill, or balance.
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To evade.
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To make a finesse in cards.
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Adroitness and delicacy of performance.
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The ability to handle delicate and difficult situations skillfully and diplomatically.
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Cunning; skill; artfulness; craft.
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An attempt to take a trick with a lower card while holding a higher card not in sequence with it, made in the hope that the intervening card is in the hand of the opponent who has already played.
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To manage, bring about, or deal with by finesse.
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To evade or bypass (a problem, issue, etc.)
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To use finesse or make a finesse.
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(uncountable) Skill in handling of a situation.
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(countable) An adroit maneuver.
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(countable, bridge) A technique which allows one to promote tricks based on a favorable position of one or more cards in the hands of the opponent.
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(intransitive, card games) To play (a card) as a finesse (see noun sense above).
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To handle or manage carefully or skillfully.
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A stratagem in which one appears to decline an advantage.
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To accomplish by the use of finesse.
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To handle with a deceptive or evasive strategy.
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To play (a card) as a finesse.
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To use finesse.
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Origin of finesse

  • French fineness, subtlety from fin fine fine1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • [circa 1520] From Middle French finesse, from Old French fin (“fine”).
    From Wiktionary