Fi·nesse v. i. [imp. & p. p. Finessed p. pr. & vb. n. Finessing.]
1. To use artifice or stratagem.
2. Whist Playing To attempt, when second or third player, to make a lower card answer the purpose of a higher, when an intermediate card is out, risking the chance of its being held by the opponent yet to play.
1. Subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice; stratagem.
This is the artificialest piece of finesse to persuade men into slavery. --Milton.
2. Whist Playing The act of finessing. See Finesse, v. i., 2.
n : subtly skillful handling of a situation [syn: delicacy, diplomacy,