- (uncountable) Skill in the handling#Noun|handling or manipulation of a situation. [from c. 1520]
- Synonyms: finessing
- 1830, Walter Scott, chapter II, in Tales of a Grandfather; being Stories Taken from Scottish History. […] In Three Vols. (Third Series), volume III, Edinburgh: Printed [by Ballantyne and Company, […]] for Cadell and Co.; London: Simpkin and Marshall; Dublin: John Cumming, OCLC 270782151 ↗, page 68 ↗:
- When Lovat finally took the resolution of dispatching his son, with the best part of his clan, to the assistance of Charles Edward, a resolution which was not adopted without much hesitation and many misgivings, he feigned, with characteristic finesse, an apology for his march.
- (uncountable) The property of having elegance, grace, refinement, or skill. [from mid 16th c.]
- (countable) An adroit manoeuvre. [from mid 16th c.]
- (countable, card games) In bridge#Noun|bridge, whist, etc.: a technique which allows one to win#Verb|win a trick#Noun|trick, usually by play#Verb|playing a card#Noun|card when it is thought that a card that can beat#Verb|beat it is hold#Verb|held by another player whose turn#Noun|turn is over. [from early 18th c.]
- French: finesse
- German: Finesse, Feinheit, Raffinesse
- Portuguese: fineza, fino
- Russian: изя́щество
- Spanish: fineza
- French: impasse
- Russian: проре́зывание
finesse (finesses, present participle finessing; past and past participle finessed)
- (transitive, chiefly, Canada, US, politics) To evade (a problem, situation, etc.) by using some clever argument or strategem.
- (transitive, card games) To play#Verb|play (a card#Noun|card) as a finesse. [from mid 18th c.]
- (ambitransitive) To handle#Verb|handle or manage carefully or skilfully; to manipulate in a crafty way. [from mid 18th c.]
- Synonyms: zhoosh
- (intransitive, card games) To attempt#Verb|attempt to win#Verb|win a trick#Noun|trick by finessing. [from mid 18th c.]
- (intransitive, croquet, obsolete) To play#Verb|play a ball#Noun|ball out of the way of an opponent.
- French: impasse
- French: finasser