Meaning of FINGER in English


(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Your ~s are the four long thin parts at the end of each hand.

She suddenly held up a small, bony ~ and pointed across the room...

She ran her ~s through her hair...

There was a ring on each of his ~s.


see also light-~ed


The ~s of a glove are the parts that a person’s ~s fit into.

N-COUNT: usu pl


A ~ of something such as smoke or land is an amount of it that is shaped rather like a ~.

...a thin ~ of land that separates Pakistan from the former Soviet Union...

Cover the base with a single layer of sponge ~s.

= strip

N-COUNT: N of n, n N

see also fish ~


If you ~ something, you touch or feel it with your ~s.

He ~ed the few coins in his pocket...

Self-consciously she ~ed the emeralds at her throat.

VERB: V n, V n


If you get your ~s burned or burn your ~s, you suffer because something you did or were involved in was a failure or a mistake.

He has had his ~s burnt by deals that turned out badly...

Mr Walesa burned his ~s by promising he would give every Pole 100m zlotys to start a business.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you cross your ~s, you put one ~ on top of another and hope for good luck. If you say that someone is keeping their ~s crossed, you mean they are hoping for good luck.

I’m keeping my ~s crossed that they turn up soon.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you say that someone did not lay a ~ on a particular person or thing, you are emphasizing that they did not touch or harm them at all.

I must make it clear I never laid a ~ on her.

PHRASE: V inflects, usu with brd-neg, PHR n emphasis


If you say that a person does not lift a ~ or raise a ~ to do something, especially to help someone, you are critical of them because they do nothing.

She never lifted a ~ around the house...

They will not lift a ~ to help their country.

PHRASE: V inflects, with brd-neg disapproval


If you point the ~ at someone or point an accusing ~ at someone, you blame them or accuse them of doing wrong.

He said he wasn’t pointing an accusing ~ at anyone in the government or the army.

PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n


If you tell someone to pull their ~ out or to get their ~ out, you are telling them rudely that you want them to start doing some work or making an effort. (BRIT INFORMAL)

Isn’t it about time that you pulled your ~ out?

PHRASE: V inflects disapproval


If you put your ~ on something, for example a reason or problem, you see and identify exactly what it is.

He could never quite put his ~ on who or what was responsible for all this.

PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n/wh


If someone or something slips through your ~s, you just fail to catch them, get them, or keep them.

Money has slipped through his ~s all his life...

You mustn’t allow a golden opportunity to slip through your ~s or you will regret it later.

PHRASE: V inflects


to have green ~s: see green

~ on the pulse: see pulse

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