Meaning of FINGER in English

FINGER

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be caught with your hands/fingers in the till (= to be caught stealing from your employer )

click your fingers (= make a short sound with your fingers to get someone's attention )

She clicks her fingers and he comes running.

drummed...fingers

Lisa drummed her fingers impatiently on the table.

finger bowl

finger nail ( also fingernail )

She had small hands with polished finger nails.

fish finger

glove/hand/finger puppet

index finger

jabbed...finger

When I didn’t respond, he jabbed a finger at me.

little finger

middle finger

mind your head/fingers etc

Mind your head – the ceiling’s a bit low.

outstretched arms/hands/fingers

She ran to meet them with outstretched arms.

point the finger of blame at sb (= say that someone is responsible for something bad )

I couldn’t believe it when they started pointing the finger of blame at me.

pointed...finger

He stood up and pointed his finger at me.

point...finger of blame

I don’t want to point a finger of blame at anyone.

prick yourself/prick your finger (= accidentally make a hole in your skin )

She had pricked her finger on a rose thorn.

ring finger

run your fingers through sb’s hair (= touch someone’s hair in a loving way )

He ran his fingers through her smooth silky hair.

slender legs/arms/fingers etc

wagging...finger

‘You naughty girl!’ Mom said, wagging her finger at me.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

little

In other places such as the street I make short dabbing strokes with my little finger .

They fidget, sit on their feet and fold little fingers around stubby pencils, sweating out an exercise in mathematics.

I thought your flat feet were firmly on the ground and your grubby little fingers always ready to grab the golden egg.

The last thing he did was bite off the little finger of her left hand.

She dug the nail of her little finger deeply in behind the left ear.

Before long, Jennifer has Carlos wrapped around her little finger .

I use it on my little finger and my fingers are real thin.

I gave a little finger wave and he waved back.

long

He smiles a satisfied smile and takes his long fingers and grazes them softly over my braids.

Its long fingers curled in agony, then relaxed.

She reached to enfold his long fingers , which were so fragrant from the soaps he still used, and overused.

An array of long thin fingers of salty water descends, interspersed with a similar array of rising fresh water.

Harding gathers the dice up with his long fingers , feeling the smooth surfaces with his thumb as if he was blind.

Rubberneck chewed his fingernails; they were long bony fingers , bitten to the quick.

He gestures too much with his long arms and fingers .

middle

I was squealing with delight at the tricks his middle finger was playing when suddenly Captain leapt on us growling.

Torn webbing between his right ring and middle fingers and a torn knee cartilage in 1992.

Pausing at the door he turned once more and extended the middle finger of his right hand towards the bed.

The hand withdrew, three middle fingers slathered.

You will often see recipients tapping the table with the three middle fingers of one hand while their cup is being filled.

The middle finger traced a heart on her lips.

When the Reclusiarch passed back again, each initiate must hold out his middle finger , pointing stiffly forward from his fist.

slender

She ticks them off, one by one, on her long slender fingers .

Idly she traced the pattern of the marble-topped table with a slender finger .

Lissa's slender fingers curled into fists at her sides.

She returned to the letter in her hand, turning it over in her slender fingers before opening it.

Long slender fingers , wedding ring, and a huge ruby on another ring.

She admired his hands, seeing the slender curled fingers and pink palms as if for the first time.

It was a small hand, with slender , tapering fingers .

■ NOUN

index

Carolyn took it quickly and inserted her index finger under one of the flaps of folded-over, Sellotaped paper.

Yo mumbles to herself at the windows outlining her hairline with a contemplative index finger .

Roll your index finger evenly from left to right on the ink-pad, then again on the paper.

I glanced up,-keeping my place in the text with an index finger .

Indeed, he kept them closed as he opened the Gospels, and planted his long index finger blindly upon the page.

Using your thumb and index finger , remove soft, new green shoots to just above the set of leaves.

Using your index finger , make numerous indentations into dough.

He beckons to Fifi with his index finger crooked.

ring

According to Winston, men generally have a longer ring finger than index finger.

Dunne has a dislocated ring finger on his right hand.

So, do tomboyish girls, and footballers have very long ring fingers ?

In November 1991, Jones suffered ligament and joint damage to his left ring finger in a dirt-bike accident.

■ VERB

catch

I saw one lying under the dresser and pulled it out gingerly lest the spur catch my finger .

Record numbers are being caught with fingers in the till - like ex-Mirror chief Robert Maxwell.

He had trouble finding them and managed to catch his finger in a filing cabinet.

click

Then he turned and clicked his fingers .

He clicked his fingers for Nosey to follow him, then rode northwards in the dusk.

At last Fitzosbert stopped at one cell door and clicked his fingers .

His face set, he raised a hand and clicked his fingers .

He clicked his fingers and the Zippo came alive in his hand.

Expected to jump to it just because you click your fingers !

count

You can count on the fingers of one hand the times Mr Kinnock has jumped in among the public.

She counts on her fingers , like a baby.

Mr. Vaz Well, perhaps we can count them on the fingers of one hand.

One day, Mom noticed him counting on his fingers under the desk.

The number of people whom they knew personally in Berlin could have been counted on the fingers of one hand.

Gao Yang counted seven old fingers buried in the steamed bun, which had long since given up its original shape.

The latter can, declares S E Finer with pardonable exaggeration, be counted on one's fingers and toes.

Sounds as if they were counting on their fingers !

cross

Scientists and engineers have buttoned their lip, and crossed their fingers that the reckoning wouldn't come in their own day.

At this point, they can only stand back, cross their fingers and hope for fireworks.

As the others crossed their fingers and held their breath, he gently eased away the back plate.

Careta held up a hand and crossed his fingers .

Always ready to knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder, bite my tongue, cross my fingers .

She took a deep breath, and crossed her fingers .

cut

The burr will prevent a proper fitting being made and can also cut your fingers .

Still, what if one of them fell, cut a finger , banged a head?

He'd cut my fingers off if I used it.

In early December, Aesop cut his finger opening a can of cling peaches.

The rough metal edge cut into his finger tip.

It never broke cleanly but flaked apart into strands that cut their fingers if they weren't careful.

Keep a packet of pitta bread in the freezer, heat up under the grill from frozen and cut into fingers .

drum

Harrison drummed his fingers impatiently against the surface of the table.

Bowman drummed his fingers on the console.

He drums his fingers on the chairback as he passes.

Mulcahey drummed his fingers on the table, tat-tat, tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat-tat.

I drummed my fingers on the desktop.

She drummed her fingers on her knees, and turned back to the news.

Herr Nordern gulped his beer and drummed his fingers on the table.

feel

She felt his fingers spring away again, relieved.

I felt her bony finger on my shoulder.

Stephen felt Weir's fingers digging into the flesh between his ribs.

I felt his fingers wrapping around mine.

I can feel the fingers spread out now, stroking me.

Primo could feel his fingers losing hold of the on / off switch of his intake valve.

She could feel his fingers tracing the curve of her neck.

He could feel in his finger the pressure of the trigger coiling.

hold

The men stood motionless as Weir held his finger to his lips.

Some people held up three fingers , signifying Earnhardt's car number.

Suddenly she giggled and I realised I was still holding her fingers .

I hold my finger in front of her nose; still she does not blink.

In his mind's eye, Vologsky could see Major Tzann seated at his desk, holding it between trembling fingers .

I held her between my fingers .

One hand clutches a walking stick; the other tenderly holds the thinner fingers of his wife.

jab

He jabs his finger to slam home his message and he is happy to press flesh and kiss babies.

Thresher jabbed his finger at Thomas, accusing her of calling his 14-year-old daughter without permission.

I jab a finger forward and Lucker nods in big up and down sweeps.

keep

When an animal that has no horns is named, everyone keeps their fingers down.

The whole show, Dominic says, is about keeping your finger on the button.

It is the way they keep their finger on the pulse and keep in touch with their audience.

Meanwhile, supply sergeants throughout the battalion were keeping their fingers crossed.

There is little danger from a Lionfish to yourself, so long as you keep your fingers clear of the venomous spines.

People have kept their fingers crossed and made do.

When you're reading a speech ordinarily you have either to keep your finger on the spot or find it again.

To find Dornoch you just kept sliding your finger up the well-defined northeastern coast until you crossed the Dornoch Firth.

lay

The odds are that the young man would not have laid a finger on her, but what if ...?

Then she lay a finger on my lips and slid out of bed like a dancer, one leg extended.

He wouldn't dare lay a finger on any of us.

Had Clyde laid a finger on Jake, he would have drawn back a stub.

How could any man want to lay a finger on her, never mind father her children?

Jasper laid a finger to his lips and tried the cloakroom door.

My dad always brought me up saying you never lay a finger on a woman, never ever.

Fran's gone to make sure no one lays a finger on a brother, that's what it is.

let

Saucy Cecil Parkinson lets his fingers do the talking about the one that got away.

With computers you can write quickly, letting your fingers fly from key to key.

She sighed and let her fingers move slowly down the dark, smooth surface of the glass.

With Arsenal and Liverpoolthe next 2 games lets keep our fingers crossed.

She closed her eyes and let her fingers burrow through the tissue paper until she felt the lace of the collar.

Some one, after all, has to play scapegoat. Let your fingers do the talking Got the message?

Slowly let your fingers unfurl and let the barbell roll down to your fingertips.

He let his fingers drift gently over the ridges.

lick

Having finished her bag of chips, Buzz licked her fingers , switched the light on, and prepared for bed.

He licked his finger , which was wet.

Jan licked sherry from her finger and leaned toward me.

I licked a finger and rubbed it on the stone.

Nanny licked a finger and held it up to the wind.

Henry licked his finger , then rubbed it against his trouser leg.

Léonie licked Thérèse's fingers to see if they tasted the same as her own.

Sorrel rubbed against my palm and licked my fingers .

lift

But once the women returned, the men weren't prepared to lift a finger to help.

Actually, the crunch did come, and the liberals never lifted a finger to save us.

I never lift a finger more.

King Charles did not lift a finger to save her.

Now, without lifting a finger to assist, he gets a wonderful biography.

As if Otto had lifted a finger during her long months of planning!

All without lifting a finger or taking your eyes off the traffic for one moment.

The crowd cheered when the roof fell in, while firemen lifted no finger or hose through it all.

move

I begged him to - and he moved his finger !

Still, you never know when the moving finger might tap you on the shoulder.

Feeling drugged and quite incredibly wanton, she moved her fingers to his jaw.

Then she moved her finger along the number line, counting by ones.

Even her hands were touching something pleasant - silky, soft; she moved her fingers luxuriously, then slowly consciousness returned.

She moved her fingers delicately as if caressing the wind.

He did not move his fingers a millimetre.

point

Briefly, if the referee points his fingers this indicates that some one had done something wrong.

Similarly, the army, when faced with a budget cut, never points the finger at desk-bound lieutenant colonels.

And there was also the matter of the anonymous phone call, pointing the finger squarely at Amanda.

If we start pointing fingers , bad things start getting in the newspapers and everyone gets mad.

As soon as I finished the drink, various players started to point their fingers at me again.

Coverage of the Henan scandal also points the finger at inaction by the provincial authorities.

And he pointed the finger at a couple of his team mates.

When a child is learning to read, he will point with his finger to the word on which he is concentrating.

prick

Matters were not helped by Maeve occasionally pricking her finger with the needle, but at last she had had her say.

The coarse fibers of the rope pricked her fingers .

The princess tried the spindle, but pricked her finger .

pull

So, come on shoe companies, pull your finger out, deliver the goods you advertise.

It would be a magnet, like Victor said, pulling at my fingers and the palm of my hand.

Start below the lowest knuckle and pull along each finger and thumb with your other thumb and index finger.

Then he would try to deceive me: he would show me my nose which he had pulled off with his fingers .

raise

I raised the fingers of one hand, and slowly I folded them into the palm.

He starts to speak and she raises her finger to her lips.

The bails remained on, but umpire Chris King raised his finger , indicating Border had got bat to ball.

She raised a finger to her nose and blew air through the free nostril.

Stephen pushed him away and raised his finger to his lips.

Then she raised one finger in the air.

Harold raised a finger , to indicate that they should listen.

She looked over at Linda, deadpan, and raised two fingers .

run

Lindsey found herself battling against an almost overwhelming and totally illogical desire to run her fingers through its neatness.

Eliza wet her forefinger, gently lifted the mustache, and ran the finger underneath.

Try running your finger along the side of the worm and you will find this out.

Robbie had to fight down an impulse to reach out and run her fingers over the dark mat.

I ran an experimental finger down between the stacks, being careful not to disturb the order.

You can run your finger all the way to Glasgow.

Then she ran her fingers ever so softly through his hair.

slip

He slowly pulled the object toward him, careful not to let it slip from his fingers .

I slipped my fingers through the loops and shook.

He held it up, and let it slip between his fingers .

I slipped my fingers into them, lifted out a few pieces and let them clink back into the can.

It put him off his stroke and the chopper slipped , cutting his finger .

Its grip consisted of brass knuckles, was a chain of rings through which Weary slipped his stubby fingers .

Zen pushed on, understanding how Italo Baldoni must have felt when the young Miletti slipped through his fingers .

snap

He relished the image, saw it clearly, felt the tendons on Carter's neck snapping under his fingers .

I snapped my finger in front of his eyes, and a trance was broken.

He snapped his fingers at the barmaid and ordered a brandy.

The nurse snapped her fingers , and they sprang into motion.

Five minutes into the First Act Dotty Blundell forgot her lines and snapped her fingers for a prompt.

Zak was nodding his mop of curls beside me and had begun snapping his fingers rather fast.

He gave a royal snort, either of disappointment or relief, and snapped his fingers for another round of wine.

There is no genie to snap its fingers and whiplash me out of this world I am living in.

stick

Masklin stuck a finger in his ear and wiggled it around.

You must have stuck your finger in there or something.

I clenched out the light and stuck my fingers in my ears.

You might have to press in material sticking out with your finger , without smearing the wood.

It was so cold that it burnt her, so cold that it stuck to her fingers .

Once the rope was removed, he rolled Gao Ma on to his back and again stuck a finger under his nose.

It will be they who commit the most crime, it will be they who will stick two fingers up to conventional mores.

George stuck out his index finger and raised his thumb.

touch

Don't touch with your fingers after it is cleaned.

Yet I had to touch it with my fingers to become convinced.

With an unconscious sigh of her own, she touched her fingers to her cheek, just as he had done.

Avoid transferring allergens to your eyes by touching them with your fingers or gloves.

She touched Granny's fingers ,-and they were as chilly as stone.

I touched their fingers , but fell back to the ground.

Bobo touched her crooked finger to her lips and then lowered her hand, palm upwards.

We touch his bony fingers and hands, uncover his face and look at him.

wag

He shouted and wagged his finger .

She wags her finger at his thumb-sized back.

The second man smiles, wags his index finger and picks up a copy of his company's annual report.

Walking sticks and umbrellas menace me, wagging fingers harass my sleep.

The man with the thin hair continued to shout and wag his finger .

John wagged his finger at her.

Doktor wagged a metronome finger at me.

I wagged my finger at him, telling him that he had been extremely lucky.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I/you can count sb/sth on (the fingers of) one hand

a snap of sb's fingers

What else? exclaimed Papa with a snap of his fingers.

be all fingers and thumbs

She was all fingers and thumbs - and worry.

burn your fingers/get your fingers burned

cross your fingers

A memo said that doctors were told "with crossed fingers" that the company was doing safety studies.

People vote, cross their fingers, and hope for the best.

Always ready to knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder, bite my tongue, cross my fingers.

As the others crossed their fingers and held their breath, he gently eased away the back plate.

At this point, they can only stand back, cross their fingers and hope for fireworks.

Careta held up a hand and crossed his fingers.

Jessica skipped and prayed and crossed her fingers.

Scientists and engineers have buttoned their lip, and crossed their fingers that the reckoning wouldn't come in their own day.

This will pass, I told myself, crossing my fingers; everything passes.

have green fingers

He had green fingers, my grandfather. He could grow anything.

The flower show season is upon us, and whether you have a green thumb or not, you should take a look at your garden.

Tonight these dames were going to have greener fingers than Percy Thrower.

You really do have green fingers.

have sticky fingers

have your hands/fingers in the till

itchy fingers

I tucked the money deep in my pocket, away from itchy fingers.

lay a hand/finger on sb

He wouldn't dare lay a finger on any of us.

I laid a hand on his hair.

I lay a hand on his chest and felt him breathe, mile after mile through the Kentucky night.

If she laid a hand on him, what could he do besides run for it?

Some one laid a hand on me.

Stuyvesant responded by laying hands on To bias Feake, who delivered the document, arresting and eventually banishing him.

The odds are that the young man would not have laid a finger on her, but what if ...?

let sth slip (through your fingers)

And on most of the occasions when they had been alone together he hadn't let a chance slip by.

As an aside, the parties let it slip that the idea of a true playoff system had been scrapped.

Attention creates the foreground of consciousness, letting the rest slip into peripheral awareness.

Be careful lads not to let this one slip away!

Colin, on the other hand, became discouraged and let things slip .

He held it up, and let it slip between his fingers.

The Celtics let this one slip away slowly, painfully and needlessly.

Wrapped up with visions of kissing Deborah, I had ignored his bedtime rituals and let him slip away.

not lift a finger (to do sth)

King Charles did not lift a finger to save her.

The Government are not lifting a finger to help the economy of Renfrewshire.

point the/a finger at sb

After much speculation we all started to point the finger at Dawn.

Each time there is a suicide bomb or attack we should point a finger at ourselves?

It needed to point a finger at Simpson, the manufacturer.

Now the computer's resources are to be used to help point the finger at the possible killer of James Bulger.

The recreationists point the finger at developers.

There shall not need anyone but myself to point the finger at me.

To minimise his sentence, Boesky pointed the finger at people he had dealt with.

Why did no one point a finger at a man for yielding to his desires?

rake your fingers (through sth)

He raked his fingers through fur the color of weak tea, brown, red, golden tint of gaslight.

He raked his fingers through his hair and watched it spring back around his face in untidy tufts.

He raked his fingers through his hair, as if debating what to say next, and she followed the movement.

snap your fingers

He gave a royal snort, either of disappointment or relief, and snapped his fingers for another round of wine.

One of the guys snaps his fingers, and the nearest workman veers in a sharp turn and sprints to his side.

The nurse snapped her fingers, and they sprang into motion.

Those riverbeds could snap an axle as crisply as the way that Zervos snapped his fingers when he danced.

Those were the times when a hunter found out how good he was.. Granny snapped her fingers.

When finished, each boy was to raise his hand and snap his fingers to be acknowledged.

Zak snapped his fingers even faster and started humming.

Zak was nodding his mop of curls beside me and had begun snapping his fingers rather fast.

work your fingers to the bone

His mother had had a hard life - had worked her fingers to the bone bringing up six children.

In those days we got up at 5 in the morning, and worked our fingers to the bone.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Fingers of flame spread in all directions.

In the glass was a finger of pale gold wine.

She ran a finger along the spine of the book.

Ted anxiously tapped his fingers on the table.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But next instant, he came closer and his fingers cradled her face, the box in her hands keeping them apart.

Don't get too much ink on your finger or the print will not be clear.

She hung in the room, strong arms around her waist, strong fingers around her legs.

She ran a sticky finger down the monthly balance-sheet, then checked the figures against the handwritten bank statement.

The little finger of his right hand was cut off in a corn picker, 1931.

Then the patient's arms are placed on a table in front of him with the hands flat and fingers spread open.

Which meant that all of his fingers were presently occupied.

Your fingers are the stars which do not touch themselves.

II. verb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a snap of sb's fingers

What else? exclaimed Papa with a snap of his fingers.

be all fingers and thumbs

She was all fingers and thumbs - and worry.

have green fingers

He had green fingers, my grandfather. He could grow anything.

The flower show season is upon us, and whether you have a green thumb or not, you should take a look at your garden.

Tonight these dames were going to have greener fingers than Percy Thrower.

You really do have green fingers.

have sticky fingers

have your hands/fingers in the till

itchy fingers

I tucked the money deep in my pocket, away from itchy fingers.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Casey was only fingered as the mastermind of the operation after he was dead.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But soon he relapsed into his dangerous black mood, fingering the razor-sharp edge of his knife, open in his pocket.

Cold blackness grasped at him, fingering its way through his warm blood, just waiting its moment.

She darted off straight after that, leaving Melanie fingering her cheek in surprise.

The sermon he found surprisingly proper, but Adams was repelled to see poor wretches fingering their prayer beads.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.