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fi·nesse / fəˈnes/ • n. intricate and refined delicacy: orchestral playing of great finesse. ∎  artful subtlety, typically that needed for tactful handling of a difficulty: clients want advice and action that calls for considerable finesse. ∎  subtle or delicate manipulation.• v. [tr.] 1. do (something) in a subtle and delicate manner. ∎  slyly attempt to avoid blame or censure when dealing with (a situation or action): the administration's attempts to finesse its mishaps.2. (in bridge and whist) play (a card that is not a certain winner) in the hope of winning a trick with it.

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