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Meaning of “finger” in the English Dictionary

"finger" in British English

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fingernoun [C]

uk   /ˈfɪŋ.ɡər/  us   /-ɡɚ/

fingerverb [T]

uk   /ˈfɪŋ.ɡər/  us   /-ɡɚ/
  • finger verb [T] (TOUCH)

to ​touch or ​feel something with ​your fingers: She fingered her ​necklaceabsent-mindedly as she ​talked.
  • finger verb [T] (TELL THE POLICE)

informal If you finger someone, you ​tell the ​police that they are ​guilty of a ​crime.
(Definition of finger from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"finger" in American English

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fingernoun [C]

 us   /ˈfɪŋ·ɡər/
any of the ​long, ​thinparts of the ​hand that ​bend and ​hold things, esp. one other than the ​thumb: I ​cut my finger when I was ​choppingonions. A finger is also a ​part of a ​glove (= ​piece of ​clothing for the ​hand) that ​covers a finger.

fingerverb [T]

 us   /ˈfɪŋ·ɡər/
to ​touch or ​feel something with the fingers: He fingered his ​watchnervously as he ​waited for the ​exam to ​begin. slang If you finger someone, you ​tell the ​police that the ​person is ​guilty of a ​crime.
(Definition of finger from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"finger" in Business English

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fingernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfɪŋɡər/
have/be caught with your fingers in the till to ​stealmoney, or to be discovered to be ​stealingmoney, from the ​place where you ​work: He was ​caught with his fingers in the till after ​management set up a covert surveillance ​system.
(Definition of finger from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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