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fi·nesse

 (fə-nĕs′)
n.
1. Refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship.
2. Skillful, subtle handling of a situation; tactful, diplomatic maneuvering.
3. 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.
4. A stratagem in which one appears to decline an advantage.
v. fi·nessed, fi·ness·ing, fi·ness·es
v.tr.
1. To accomplish by the use of finesse.
2. To handle with a deceptive or evasive strategy.
3. To play (a card) as a finesse.
v.intr.
1. To use finesse.
2. To make a finesse in cards.

[French, fineness, subtlety, from fin, fine; see fine1.]

finesse

(fɪˈnɛs)
n
1. elegant skill in style or performance
2. subtlety and tact in handling difficult situations
3. (Card Games) 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
vb
5. to manage or bring about with finesse
6. (Card Games) to play (a card) as a finesse
[C15: from Old French, from fin fine, delicate; see fine1]

fi•nesse

(fɪˈnɛss)

n., v. -nessed, -ness•ing. n.
1. extreme delicacy or subtlety in performance, skill, discrimination, etc.
2. skill and adroitness in handling a difficult or highly sensitive situation.
3. a trick, artifice, or stratagem.
4. an attempt to win a trick in bridge with a card lower than one in an opponent's hand.
v.i.
5. to use finesse or artifice.
6. to make a finesse at cards.
v.t.
7. to bring about by finesse or artifice.
8. to avoid; circumvent.
9. to make a finesse with (a card).
10. to force the playing of (a card) by a finesse.
[1400–50; late Middle English: degree of excellence or purity < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *fīnitia. See fine1, -ice]

finesse


Past participle: finessed
Gerund: finessing

Imperative
finesse
finesse
Present
I finesse
you finesse
he/she/it finesses
we finesse
you finesse
they finesse
Preterite
I finessed
you finessed
he/she/it finessed
we finessed
you finessed
they finessed
Present Continuous
I am finessing
you are finessing
he/she/it is finessing
we are finessing
you are finessing
they are finessing
Present Perfect
I have finessed
you have finessed
he/she/it has finessed
we have finessed
you have finessed
they have finessed
Past Continuous
I was finessing
you were finessing
he/she/it was finessing
we were finessing
you were finessing
they were finessing
Past Perfect
I had finessed
you had finessed
he/she/it had finessed
we had finessed
you had finessed
they had finessed
Future
I will finesse
you will finesse
he/she/it will finesse
we will finesse
you will finesse
they will finesse
Future Perfect
I will have finessed
you will have finessed
he/she/it will have finessed
we will have finessed
you will have finessed
they will have finessed
Future Continuous
I will be finessing
you will be finessing
he/she/it will be finessing
we will be finessing
you will be finessing
they will be finessing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been finessing
you have been finessing
he/she/it has been finessing
we have been finessing
you have been finessing
they have been finessing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been finessing
you will have been finessing
he/she/it will have been finessing
we will have been finessing
you will have been finessing
they will have been finessing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been finessing
you had been finessing
he/she/it had been finessing
we had been finessing
you had been finessing
they had been finessing
Conditional
I would finesse
you would finesse
he/she/it would finesse
we would finesse
you would finesse
they would finesse
Past Conditional
I would have finessed
you would have finessed
he/she/it would have finessed
we would have finessed
you would have finessed
they would have finessed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.finesse - subtly skillful handling of a situation
tact, tactfulness - consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense

finesse

noun
2. stratagem, trick, manoeuvre, bluff, ruse, artifice, feint, wile Declarer was planning to take a finesse in spades.
verb
1. manoeuvre, steer, manipulate, bluff a typical politician trying to finesse a sticky situation

finesse

verb
1. To make, achieve, or get through contrivance or guile:
Informal: finagle, wangle.
2. To outmaneuver (an opponent), especially with the aid of some extra resource:
Informal: one-up.
Translations
أناقَه
obratnost
diplomatidygtighedsnilde
finesz
fágun, snilli, kunnátta
diplomatiškumas
smalkumstaktiskums

finesse

[fɪˈnes]
A. N
1. (in judgement) → finura f, delicadeza f; (in action) → diplomacia f, sutileza f; (= cunning) → astucia f
2. (Cards) → impasse m
B. VThacer el impasse a

finesse

[fɪˈnɛs] nfinesse ffine-tooth comb n
to go through sth with a fine-tooth comb (fig)passer qch au peigne fin
He went through the documents with a fine-tooth comb → Il a passé les documents au peigne fin.fine-tune [ˌfaɪnˈtjuːn] vt [+ plan, production, the economy] → régler avec précisionfine-tuning [ˌfaɪnˈtjuːnɪŋ] nréglage m minutieux

finesse

n
(= skill, diplomacy)Gewandtheit f, → Geschick nt
(= cunning)Schlauheit f, → Finesse f
(Cards) → Schneiden nt
vi (Cards) → schneiden
vt
(= do with finesse) problemgeschickt lösen; (= avoid)ausweichen (+dat)
(Cards) → schneiden

finesse

[fɪˈnɛs] nfinezza (Cards) → impasse f

finesse

(fines) noun
cleverness and skill in dealing with a situation etc. She managed that situation with great finesse.
References in classic literature ?
Once again he touched him on the breast, as though his finger were the fine point of a small sword, with which, in delicate finesse, he ran him through the body, and said,"My friend, I will die, perpetuating the system under which I have lived.
and do you never use your eyes, which must have acquired so much finesse and certainty, to divine, at a glance, the kind of man by whom you are confronted?
The fact is," said Porthos, with an air of finesse, "I am rather incredulous.
Now the beautiful Eudosia--for beautiful, and even lovely, this glorious- looking creature was, in spite of a very badly modulated voice, certain inroads upon the fitness of things in the way of expression, and a want of a knowledge of the finesse of fine life--now the beautiful Eudosia had an intimate friend named Clara Caverly, who was as unlike her as possible, in character, education, habits, and appearance; and yet who was firmly her friend.
He could not be an assassin, and it was repugnant to Monk to believe him to be a spy, but there was sufficient finesse and at the same time firmness in Athos to lead Monk to fancy he was a conspirator.
It has wonderful finesse," he murmured, caressingly.
Having conceived the idea he proceeded to carry it out with considerable finesse.
Perhaps Catherine was wrong in not demanding the cause of that gentle emotion -- but she was not experienced enough in the finesse of love, or the duties of friendship, to know when delicate raillery was properly called for, or when a confidence should be forced.
I know you don't credit me with much finesse, but I would undertake to be in the secret and to do quite as well; the only difference would be in my own peace of mind, which, of course, doesn't count.
Seriously, and since you refuse to treat me as a man, and since you finesse with me, I will try and set you at bay, as a hunter does a wild boar.
However, I have no doubt that with a little delicacy and finesse the end may be attained.
I knew this man Small had a certain degree of low cunning, but I did not think him capable of anything in the nature of delicate finesse.