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fin·ger  (fnggr)
1. One of the five digits of the hand, especially one other than the thumb.
2. The part of a glove designed to cover a finger.
3. Something, such as an oblong peninsula, that resembles one of the digits of the hand.
4. The length or width of a finger.
5. A degree of participation; a share: seems almost sure to have a finger or two in crafting the final blueprint (George B. Merry).
6. An obscene gesture of defiance or derision made by pointing or jabbing the middle finger upward. Often used with the.
v. fin·gered, fin·ger·ing, fin·gers
1. To touch with the fingers; handle. See Synonyms at touch.
2. Music
a. To mark (a score) with indications of which fingers are to play the notes.
b. To play (an instrument) by using the fingers in a particular order or way.
3. Slang
a. To inform on.
b. To designate, especially as an intended victim.
1. To handle something with the fingers.
2. Music To use the fingers in playing an instrument.
have/keep (ones) fingers crossed
To hope for a successful or advantageous outcome.
lay (ones)/a finger on
To locate; find: We havent been able to lay a finger on those photos.
put (ones) finger on
To remember; recall: I know his name; I just cant put my finger on it.
twist/wrap around (ones) little finger
To dominate utterly and effortlessly.

[Middle English, from Old English; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.]

finger·er n.
finger·less adj.

finger  /fgr/  n. 1 one of the movable parts of the hand, (syn.) digit: A hand has four fingers and a thumb (or) five fingers. 2 infrml. a finger in the pie: to be involved, have influence: The sales manager is in charge of the project, but his boss has his finger in the pie. 3 to give s.o. the finger: (a vulgar act) to show a strong dislike for s.o. by displaying the middle finger: When he passed the car in front of him, the driver gave him the finger. 4 to keep ones fingers crossed: to wish strongly for s.t.: I hope it doesnt rain tomorrow; lets keep our fingers crossed. 5 to not lift a finger: to make no effort to help: She made all the preparations for the party; her husband didnt lift a finger. 6 to put ones finger on s.t.: to identify, say exactly what s.t. is: Theres something strange about that man, but I cant put my finger on it. 7 to slip through ones fingers: to miss or lose an opportunity: She had a chance to get a promotion, but she let it slip through her fingers.
v. [T] 1 to touch or rub with the fingers: The buyer fingered the cloth to check the quality. 2 fig. to choose: The president of the company fingered his assistant to run the new project. finger

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