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Definition of Finesse


  1. Subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice; stratagem.
  2. The act of finessing. See Finesse, v. i., 2.
  3. To use artifice or stratagem.
  4. To attempt, when second or third player, to make a lower card answer the purpose of a higher, when an intermediate card is out, risking the chance of its being held by the opponent yet to play.

Finesse Quotations

To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.
Bertolt Brecht

I come from not just a household but a country where the finesse of language, well-balanced sentence, structure, syntax, these things are driven into us, and my parents, bless them, are great custodians of the English language.
Daniel Day-Lewis

Some players are more physical than others, some play with more finesse. Some are just really great all-around players. So you have to change your game.
Oscar Robertson

The cello is such a versatile instrument. It can rock like the hardest rock guitar, and it can sing like the human voice. We couldn't do what we do without the classical training. It's a hard instrument to play. There are no frets, and it takes finesse and technique to play.
Luka Sulic

I learned to approach racing like a game of billiards. If you bash the ball too hard, you get nowhere. As you handle the cue properly, you drive with more finesse.
Juan Manuel Fangio
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Finesse Translations

finesse in German is Raffinesse, Finesse
finesse in Spanish is sutileza
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