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finesse

verb; derivation
To slyly persuade someone to give you something of theirs.
 
"Finesse" experienced a narrowing in its definition. The original verb means to do something delicately or subtly, and the more modern verb means extends that delicacy to persuasion. "Finesse" has a negative connotation, and usually indicates that the item "finessed" was obtained by immoral means or that the person from whom it was taken was cheated out of it.
Etymology : Derivation shift of the word "finesse" (from noun to verb) and then a semantic shift.
Source : "Last night I finessed two handles!" (student, November 2015)
Last modified: 6 December 2015


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