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finesse

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Definition subtly skillful handling of a situation
  • 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.
  • She'd need time, he thought, time and more finesse than he was accustomed to employing.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Having conceived the idea he proceeded to carry it out with considerable finesse.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • But it is better to use a little finesse, you know.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • The words start to spill out, without finesse or sophistication.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Pas de finesse, seulement de l'audace !
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Carlos, too, was growing old and losing his finesse, thought Jason Bourne.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He was looking for finesse but I came after him with muscle.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • But the matter is of such importance, that one must _passer pardessus toutes ces finesses de sentiment.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She's taken to immortality with amazing finesse."
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • You will remember the finesse and delicacy that belong to military honor?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • I know Coach Spurrier has a reputation with the fans for having passing, finesse teams, but his teams always hit.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • 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
  • As in sumo wrestling, the awesome crudeness on the surface of the battle disguised the finesse underneath.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Raising their eyebrows, total strangers sitting nearby eavesdropped on the altercation, captivated by the passion and finesse of the interchange.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Sometimes it's about finesse, sometimes we're just on there spitting, so we try and be as raw as we can be onstage.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • If you had finesse and subtlety to match such courage, you'd be truly formidable.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • While I bullied him with subtle psychological torments, my mother took the direct approach and bullied him without finesse.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • He'd succeeded thus far because of his urgency, not through any finesse, and he made no attempt at it now.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters

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