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All fingers and thumbs clumsy or awkward in handling something, lack all manual dexterity. An obsolete earlier (mid 16th-century) variant is, each finger is a thumb; in the 19th century, ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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2021
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Language reference, History of English
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38 words

...finger [OE] Finger is Germanic in origin and the source of many expressions including: point the finger (of scorn) at [E17th], the emphatic lay a finger on somebody [M16th], fingers crossed [L19th], and pull one’s finger(s) out ...

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain

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2021
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Names studies
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73 words

... 1881: 20; Lancs; Middx; Sussex. 1 English: nickname from Middle English fingerfinger’, perhaps for someone who had some peculiarity of the fingers, such as possessing an extra one, or having lost one or more through injury. 2 German, Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Middle High German fingerfinger’, as in (1). The Jewish surname, from modern German Finger , Yiddish fingerfinger’ may alternatively have been acquired as a handout or ornamental...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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Language reference
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563 words

... burn your fingers ( or get your fingers burned/burnt ) suffer unpleasant consequences as a result of your actions. 2014 Derby Telegraph Don’t play games in love unless you want to get your fingers burned. count something on the fingers of one hand : see count...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... The old names for the five fingers are: 1. Thūma (Old English), the thumb. 2. Towcher (Middle English, ‘toucher’), foreman or pointer. This was called the scite-finger (‘shooting finger’) by the Anglo-Saxons. It is now usually known as the first finger or forefinger, or the index finger because it is used for pointing. 3. Long-man, long-finger or middle finger. 4. Lec-man or ring-finger. The former means the ‘medical finger’ (literally ‘leech finger’) and the latter is the Roman digitus annularis , called by the Anglo-Saxons gold-finger. This finger...

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Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Names studies
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72 words

... US frequency (2010): 5004 English, German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle English, Middle High German, Yiddish finger , modern German Fingerfinger’, probably applied as a nickname for a man who had some peculiarity of the fingers, such as possessing a supernumerary one or having lost one or more of them through injury, or for someone who was small in stature. As a Jewish name, it can also be an artificial...

finger spelling

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

... spelling n. Another name for dactylology...

finger extensor

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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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2007

... extensor A muscle that effects extension (straightening) of one of the finger joints. Finger extensors include the extensor digitorum, extensor pollicis longus, and the extensor pollicis...

finger domain

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A Dictionary of Biology (8 ed.)

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2019
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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37 words

...finger domain A finger-shaped structure produced in a protein when a series of the constituent amino acids combines with a metal atom. Finger domains are often found repeated in transcription factors . See also domain ; zinc finger...

finger chip

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The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

... chip The Indian English term for a chip...

finger cymbals

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
11 words

...finger cymbals . Small *cymbals used by dancers; see also antique cymbals...

finger dexterity

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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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2007

... dexterity A skill-orientated ability underlying tasks in which small objects are manipulated primarily with the fingers; for example, spin...

finger gripper

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A Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2019

...finger gripper A robot gripper using two or more moveable rods, equivalent to human fingers, to pick up...

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A Dictionary of Chemistry (8 ed.)

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2020
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Science and technology, Chemistry
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22 words

... domain A finger-shaped structure produced in a protein when a series of the constituent amino acids combines with a metal...

finger joint

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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2020

... joint A type of glued timber joint comprising a series of interlocking zig-zag shaped tapered fingers...

finger plate

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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2020

... plate ( fingerplate , doorplate , pushplate ) A protective plate, usually decorative, fixed to the face of an internal door to prevent finger...

finger rest

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A Dictionary of Dentistry (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Medicine and health, Dentistry
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39 words

...finger rest Part of clinical dental operating technique in which the fingers of the non-working hand rest on the adjacent teeth or the fingers of the working hand to provide increased control or to provide a fulcrum for...

finger flexor

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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2007

... flexor A muscle that effects flexion (bending) of one of the finger joints. Finger flexors include the flexor digitorum superficialis and flexor digitorum profundus, with the thumb flexor being the flexor pollicis...

mallet finger

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A Dictionary of Nursing (8 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Medicine and health
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35 words

...finger [ mal -it fing -er] n. a condition in which a finger (usually the index finger) is bent downwards at the tip, due to avulsion of the long extensor tendon from the...

white finger

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A Dictionary of Nursing (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Medicine and health
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41 words

...finger n. the pale waxy appearance of a finger resulting from spasm of the vessels of the finger. It occurs in Raynaud’s disease but can also be attributed to the long-term use of vibrating equipment ( vibrating w. f....

trigger finger

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Food and Fitness: A Dictionary of Diet and Exercise (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016

...finger A thickening and hardening of the tendon of the muscle which flexes the trigger finger, resulting from excessive use from pistol- or rifle-shooting. It is still possible to bend the affected finger, but with little strength. Extension of the finger is also impaired but the condition is rarely painful. It can resolve itself spontaneously but it may require...

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