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While Shaq often pounds away at a defense to score points, smaller players have to rely on finesse to find open shots.
  subtly skillful handling of a situation
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  • While Shaq often pounds away at a defense to score points, smaller players have to rely on finesse to find open shots.
  • Peyton Manning showed finesse as he scrambled out of the pocket and threw a pass to the receiver.
  • We’ll rush home, and I will drop them in a new pot on our old stove with all the finesse of a girl who has lived many Cape summers while Nick giggles and pretends to hide in fear outside the kitchen door.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She and Wainwright managed to finesse the housing assignments they wanted.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • Finesse will be called for.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Others, he thinks, would do this with less finesse.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Dreary loutish words, spoken from an intimidating vantage point, no finesse, no class, callow and cruel, an utterance one might expect from a B-grade movie Nazi Schweinhund.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I was shivering with fear for Jamie, who had given up finesse and was slashing savagely from side to side, beating back the two men who now faced him with sheer bloody-mindedness.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Unfortunately, it failed to engage properly; and—for several minutes, hoping that the desk clerk was too out-of-it to notice —I stood in the open elevator trying to finesse the card-slide until the steel doors hissed and slid shut.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It’s already in you, but needs the route, the signs, the …. finesse.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch

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  • The words start to spill out, without finesse or sophistication.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Having conceived the idea he proceeded to carry it out with considerable finesse.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It had a curmudgeonly fuel transfer valve that Pillsbury and Douglas had to finesse into place, lest it stick wide open, slow an engine, or trigger a deafening backfire.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It wasn’t until he took up running, an activity that rewards will and determination more than finesse or cunning, that he found his athletic calling.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He knew the task before him would require more finesse than force, and he left his handgun in the car.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Not speed, not agility, not finesse.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • I watched hands, hard and etched like granite, light a match with finesse.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • A game of finesse and aim, and a game of raw, bludgeoning power.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Albert was accompanied by Lucien Debray, who, joining in his friend’s conversation, added some passing compliments, the source of which the count’s talent for finesse easily enabled him to guess.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • If you had finesse and subtlety to match such courage, you’d be truly formidable.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do, if he chuses, and that is, his duty; not by manoeuvring and finessing, but by vigour and resolution.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He groped greedily with no finesse at all.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Once again he touched him on the breast, as though his finger were the fine point of a small sword, with which, in delicate finesse, he ran him through the body, and said, "My friend, I will die, perpetuating the system under which I have lived."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Scarlett was used to men asking her to marry them, men much more attractive than Charles Hamilton, and men who had more finesse than to propose at a barbecue when she had more important matters on her mind.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But it is better to use a little finesse, you know.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • The sailor is frankness, the landsman is finesse.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • But the matter is of such importance, that one must _passer pardessus toutes ces finesses de sentiment.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • With all domestic finesse of that kind he was hopelessly at variance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • It had been almost three weeks since Dexter and I had split, and not only was I dealing with it, we’d almost finessed the impossible: a friendship.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Mr Bloom thoroughly acquiesced in the general gist of this though the mystical finesse involved was a bit out of his sublunary depth still he felt bound to enter a demurrer on the head of simple, promptly rejoining: —Simple?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Then beginning in a low voice Uncle Pio would talk for an hour, analyzing the play, entering into a world of finesse in matters of voice and gesture and tempo, and often until dawn they would remain there declaiming to one another the lordly conversation of Calderon.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Swords required more finesse than he felt most fights deserved: bash a swordsman on the wrist and, armored or not, he would be too preoccupied with his broken bones to defend himself.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • SOSUS required more finesse.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • It was done with finesse and skill: the house surrounded by concealed men with drawn pistols, and the sheriff, followed by the deputy, getting himself for all his bulk swiftly and smartly flat against the cabin wall, out of range of any window.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Perhaps Catherine was wrong in not demanding the cause of that gentle emotion—but she was not experienced enough in the finesse of love, or the duties of friendship, to know when delicate raillery was properly called for, or when a confidence should be forced.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • I had had the nerve to propose repair of his new eighteen-hundred dollar BMW, the pride of a half-century of German mechanical finesse, with a piece of old beer can!
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • They had no great finesse, but they were dogged, and would eventually get the creature down.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Poor Boldwood had no more skill in finesse than a battering-ram, and he was uneasy with a sense of having made himself to appear stupid and, what was worse, mean.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Only of course none of them have your finesse, you might call it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Gummy Larson had sent Hubert Coffee, who, on account of his white suits and silk monogrammed drawers, was supposed to have finesse and the gentlemanly approach, to try to persuade Dr. Stanton to use his influence to get the Boss to throw the basic medical-center contract to Larson.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • He pushes and shoves with little or no finesse, taking credit where none is his, claiming kills when he had nothing to do with them.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The madam went along with me for the money, and Einhorn paid with finesse and gave tips, and as I carried him through the parlor where my partner was with another man, smoking a cigarette.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Pas de finesse, seulement de l’audace ! A man with a loaded cane smashes the plate-glass window of a jeweller’s shop and grabs a number of precious stones.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The Delaware heard and understood all that passed, though with Indian gravity and finesse he had sat with averted face, seemingly inattentive to a discourse in which he had no direct concern.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • With some finesse and negotiation, all the dark Methodists and Presbyterians were induced to join in a monster welcome at the Baptist Church; and as the day drew near, warm discussions arose on every corner as to the exact extent and nature of John’s accomplishments.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • And if you talk natural to ’em, way we do here, and show finesse and what you might call a broad point of view, why, they think you’re putting on side.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I was surprised that Rufus had wanted me to go to meet Governor Flynn alone; I was even more surprised that he thought Father Michael should be the one to finesse the interview in the first place.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • …he never changed his voice from the gentle flowing key to which he tuned his initial sentence, he never betrayed the slightest suspicion of enthusiasm; but all through the interminable narrative there ran a vein of impressive earnestness and sincerity, which showed me plainly that, so far from his imagining that there was anything ridiculous or funny about his story, he regarded it as a really important matter, and admired its two heroes as men of transcendent genius in ’finesse.’
    Mark Twain  --  The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • Carlos, too, was growing old and losing his finesse, thought Jason Bourne.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Though I thought she lacked somewhat the finesse of a true professional.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
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