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finesse

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  • nounknow-how, maneuver
  • verbmaneuver, manipulate

synonyms for finesse

  • acumen
  • competence
  • guile
  • quickness
  • savvy
  • skill
  • sophistication
  • subtlety
  • tact
  • adeptness
  • adroitness
  • artfulness
  • artifice
  • bluff
  • cleverness
  • con
  • craft
  • craftiness
  • cunning
  • delicacy
  • diplomacy
  • discernment
  • discretion
  • feint
  • gimmick
  • polish
  • racket
  • ruse
  • savoir-faire
  • stratagem
  • trick
  • wile
  • big stick
  • grift
  • run-around
See also synonyms for: finessing
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antonyms for finesse

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  • ignorance
  • inability
  • incapability
  • ineptness
  • frankness
  • honesty
  • openness
  • stupidity
  • truthfulness
  • bobble
  • mishandle
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With three easy-to-adjust focusing distances, this camera can capture close-up portraits of friends hanging around the campfire, medium-range objects between three and six feet away, and long-range landscape photos with equal finesse.
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One of the best surfers to grace the sport, Gilmore, like Florence, is blessed with an uncanny ability to surf with the same level of power and finesse, no matter how big or small the waves.
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If you’re starting from square one, however, you’ll likely want to take advantage of its auto-leveling and equalization, which requires a few more connections, a handful of software installations, and just a bit of finesse.
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Carter is at his best causing havoc in front of the net, a perfect complement to the finesse game of Sidney Crosby and another net-front presence to take some of the pressure off Jake Guentzel.
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As with any move that relies on some sort of finesse, there’s a fine line between punishing opponents and bailing them out.
CAN BEN SIMMONS FIND A BALANCE WITH HIS HOOK SHOT?YARON WEITZMANMARCH 25, 2021FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
Cutting the matrix for a woodblock or linoleum print requires finesse, diligence and calculation.
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Rather, the shift has encouraged players to focus on raising their launch angles and trying to beat it with brute strength rather than finesse and strategy.
BANNING THE SHIFT MIGHT NOT FIX BASEBALL’S PROBLEMS, BUT IT’S WORTH AN EXPERIMENTBARRY SVRLUGAMARCH 18, 2021WASHINGTON POST
In design, the automaker uses what it calls “L-finesse,” which it describes as leading-edge design applied with finesse.
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Whereas Owusu’s game features power, from the ferocity of her drives to the velocity on her passes, Miller’s has a bit more finesse.
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While the ingredient list is pretty short, the techniques involved in order to achieve the main goal — a muffin with perfect pockets of nooks and crannies — requires some patience and finesse.
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