Meaning of “finesse” in the English Dictionary

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"finesse" in British English

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finessenoun [ U ]

uk /fɪˈnes/ us /fɪˈnes/

finesseverb [ T ]

uk /fɪˈnes/ us /fɪˈnes/

to deal with a situation or a person in a skilful and often slightly dishonest way:

She finessed the interview by playing down her lack of experience and talking about her long-standing interest in the field.

to improve something so it is the best it can possibly be:

After they'd finessed the software, they followed the people using it for several months.

(Definition of “finesse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"finesse" in American English

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finessenoun [ U ]

us /fəˈnes/

great skill or style:

She has handled these difficult negotiations with real finesse.

(Definition of “finesse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)