Definitions for finessefɪˈnɛss
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fi•nessefɪˈnɛss(n.; v.)-nessed, -ness•ing.
(n.)extreme delicacy or subtlety in performance, skill, discrimination, etc.
skill and adroitness in handling a difficult or highly sensitive situation.
a trick, artifice, or stratagem.
an attempt to win a trick in bridge with a card lower than one in an opponent's hand.
(v.i.)to use finesse or artifice.
to make a finesse at cards.
(v.t.)to bring about by finesse or artifice.
to avoid; circumvent.
Category: Common Vocabulary
to make a finesse with (a card).
to force the playing of (a card) by a finesse.
Origin of finesse:
1400–50; late ME: degree of excellence or purity < MF < VL *fīnitia. See fine1, -ice
delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse(noun)
subtly skillful handling of a situation
The property of having grace, elegance, skill, or balance.
Skill in handling of a situation.
An adroit maneuver.
A technique which allows one to promote tricks based on a favorable position of one or more cards in the hands of the opponent.
To handle or manage carefully or skillfully.
Origin: from finesse, from fin.
subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice; stratagem
the act of finessing. See Finesse, v. i., 2
to use artifice or stratagem
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
In contract bridge and similar games, a finesse is a card play technique which will enable a player to win an additional trick or tricks should there be a favorable position of one or more cards in the hands of the opponents. The player attempts to win either the current trick or a later trick with a card of the suit he leads notwithstanding that the opponents hold a higher card in the suit; the attempt is based on the assumption that the higher card is held by a particular opponent. The specifics of the technique vary depending upon the suit combination being played and the number of tricks the player is attempting to win in that suit.
Translations for finesse
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
cleverness and skill in dealing with a situation etc
She managed that situation with great finesse.
- subtiliteit; fynigheid; keurigheidAfrikaans
- sutilezaPortuguese (BR)
- die SchlauheitGerman
- snilde; diplomati; dygtighedDanish
- διπλωματία, διπλωματικότηταGreek
- כִּישָרוֹן וטקטHebrew
- spretnost, taktičnostCroatian
- fortély, fineszHungarian
- fágun, snilli, kunnáttaIcelandic
- 솜씨, 수완Korean
- taktas, diplomatiškumasLithuanian
- smalkums; taktiskumsLatvian
- behendighet, listighetNorwegian
- تيز فكرى، ځير كى، چالاكىPashto
- ustalık, maharetTurkish
- 手腕，技巧Chinese (Trad.)
- майстерність; хитрощіUkrainian
- نفاست ، ہنر مندیUrdu
- sự khéo léo; mưu mẹoVietnamese
- 手腕，技巧，策略Chinese (Simp.)
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