Definition of finesse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    finesse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fɪˈnes//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈnes//
     
    (especially North American English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they finesse
    BrE BrE//fɪˈnes//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈnes//
     
    he / she / it finesses
    BrE BrE//fɪˈnesɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈnesɪz//
     
    past simple finessed
    BrE BrE//fɪˈnest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈnest//
     
    past participle finessed
    BrE BrE//fɪˈnest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈnest//
     
    -ing form finessing
    BrE BrE//fɪˈnesɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈnesɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1finesse something to deal with something in a way that is clever but slightly dishonest to finesse a deal
  2. 2finesse something to do something with a lot of skill or style
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘purity, delicacy’: from French, related to fine ‘of high quality’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: finesse

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