Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Quick or skilful in the use of the fingers; hence, pilfering: as, the nimble-fingered gentry (that is, pickpockets).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. having nimble fingers literally or figuratively; especially for stealing or picking pockets
“Or maybe the leaves need to be rolled by many different hands: one look at the dark green avalanche that Leena and her nimble-fingered daughters produce in their Beirut kitchen and you can tell whose hands rolled which leaf.”
“Last week Rigby & Peller, the now-famous lingerie business founded by the nimble-fingered Bertha Rigby and Gita Peller, was sold in a deal that valued the company at nearly £10m.”
“The nimble-fingered two of you have an early-morning (for me)/late morning (Anni)/evening (PB) tie!”
“With evidence of the danger mounting, lawmakers have been cracking down on cell phone use while driving for some time, but those provisions to date have failed to take texting into account, leaving a loophole for the nimble-fingered to drive a Hummer through.”
“There have been other outstanding recent CDs of the 24 Preludes and Fugues, such as those by the nimble-fingered Canadian pianist David Jalbert on Atma Classique, and the lusciously expressive Lithuanian Mûza Rubackyté, albeit less than ideally recorded by Brilliant CD engineers.”
“Eye doctors say motivated, conscientious kids as young as 8 can wear contacts -- if they're responsible enough to care for them properly and nimble-fingered enough to insert them.”
“On the other hand, punching stock symbols and flight numbers onto crowded 12-button telephone keypads can drive even the most nimble-fingered road warriors to distraction.”
“But sometimes I wonder how much these nimble-fingered bloggers are really getting out of the speeches - are they picking up all the shades of meaning, the different layers of the message?”
“Or was there some sweatshop in the Pioneer Valley staffed by nimble-fingered elves?”
“But as of yet, nobody&emdash;Ânot one frickin' nimble-fingered mortal twit&emdash;had managed to reach the final level.”
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