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  • v. Present participle of finesse.


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  • “Partial” birth and post-birth abortions are, de facto, equivalent to infanticide, to suggest otherwise or to elide that fact via circumlocution or other semantic finessing is precisely that, evasion.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The “Racist” Charge

  • In management-speak it was known as finessing the situation.


  • I share Citizen’s position (stated above) - and hope – on the role of globalization in finessing the race/color question.

    Matthew Yglesias » Western Conference

  • The truth is, Pope practised on this, as on other occasions, a little finessing, which is the chief foible in his character.

    Biographical Essays

  • Though he added: "I'm not saying it's not going to happen," he said the plans needed "finessing".

    General doubts feasibility of bringing all troops home from Germany

  • Second, both the aide and "Fit and Start" endorsed the Republican for Lt. Governor (a chap named Hillman) who, after gaining one of the highest state pension awards ever, called for wholesale pension reform to prevent said "finessing" of the pension system!

    Jerry Falwell: Romney's Mormonism "Will Not Be A Factor"

  • I wonder if he doesn't think that's really kind of finessing that rule, one; and, two, whether there has not been some kind of resistance to it from folks in the DNC who might like to tap these guys for a bit more money.

    Press Briefing By Mike Mccurry

  • I've been happily "finessing" my vote in NY for years, ever since I found out about the WFP, voting for every candidate I could on their line.

  • Charles Kupchan, a White House national security council official under former President Bill Clinton, said outside analysts were discussing ways of "finessing" the issue.

  • We know that Mitt "The Suit" Romney lives his political life as a series of fits and starts wherein, for example, he first endorses the right to choose before condemning it; pledges his fealty to Massachusetts before scorning it; declares his willingness to serve the Commonwealth as Governor before proclaiming his desire to leave it; pontificates about the need for competent "Big Dig" leadership before undermining it; and now, after declaring his stern opposition to "finessing" the public pension system, he actually finesses the public pension system!

    Jerry Falwell: Romney's Mormonism "Will Not Be A Factor"


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