Definition of finger noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    finger

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈfɪŋɡər//
     
     
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  1. 1one of the four long, thin parts that stick out from the hand (or five, if the thumb is included) She ran her fingers through her hair. Hold the material between finger and thumb. He was about to speak but she raised a finger to her lips. The old man wagged his finger at the youths. Topic CollocationsPhysical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesface a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy beard a full/thin goatee a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/small/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/center partbody a long/short/thick/slender/ (disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/round/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/ (informal) (often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/ (informal) (disapproving) flabby thighs/calves big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/slim/slender/hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build see also butterfingers, forefinger, index finger, little finger, middle finger, ring finger
  2. 2-fingered (in adjectives) having the type of fingers mentioned; having or using the number of fingers mentioned long-fingered nimble-fingered a four-fingered chord see also light-fingered
  3. 3the part of a glove that covers the finger
  4. 4 finger (of something) a long, narrow piece of bread, cake, land, etc. The peninsula is a thin finger of farmland. a narrow finger of land pointing out into the sea see also ladyfinger
  5. Idioms
    be able to count somebody/something on (the fingers of) one hand
     
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    used to say that the total number of someone or something is very small She could count on the fingers of one hand the people she actually enjoyed being with.
    burn your fingers,get your fingers burned
     
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    to suffer as a result of doing something without realizing the possible bad results, especially in business He really got his fingers burned dabbling in the stock market.
    cross your fingers
     
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    to hope that your plans will be successful (sometimes putting one finger across another as a sign of hoping for good luck) I'm crossing my fingers that my proposal will be accepted. Keep your fingers crossed!
    the finger of suspicion
     
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    if the finger of suspicion points or is pointed at someone, they are suspected of having committed a crime, being responsible for something, etc.
    give somebody the finger(informal)
     
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    to raise your middle finger in the air with the back part of your hand facing someone, done to be rude to someone or to show them that you are angry
    have a finger in every pie(informal)
     
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    to be involved in a lot of different activities and have influence over them, especially when other people think that this is annoying
    have/keep your finger on the pulse (of something)
     
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    to always be aware of the most recent developments in a particular situation
    have sticky fingers(informal)
     
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    to be likely to steal something
    lay a finger on somebody
     
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    (usually used in negative sentences) to touch someone with the intention of hurting them physically I never laid a finger on her. If you lay a finger on me, I'll call the police.
    let something slip (through your fingers)
     
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    to miss or fail to use an opportunity Don't let the chance to work abroad slip through your fingers.
    not lift a finger (to do something)(informal)
     
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    to do nothing to help someone The kids never lift a finger to help around the house.
    not put your finger on something
     
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    to not be able to identify what is wrong or different about a particular situation There was something odd about him but I couldn't put my finger on it.
    point the/a finger (at somebody)
     
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    to accuse someone of doing something We often point the finger at someone else when things go wrong. The article points an accusing finger at the authorities.
    snap your fingers
     
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    to make a sharp noise by moving your second or third finger quickly against your thumb, to attract someone's attention, or to mark the beat of music, for example He snapped his fingers for the waiter to bring more wine.
    work your fingers to the bone
     
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    to work very hard
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: finger