fin‧ger1 S2 W2 [countable]
one of the four long thin parts on your hand, not including your thumb:
part of your hand
The woman had a ring on her finger, so I assumed she was married.
We ate with our fingers.
run your fingers through/over/along etc something
She ran her fingers through his hair.
to hope that something will happen the way you want:
We're keeping our fingers crossed that she's going to be OK.
to secretly put one finger over another finger, because you are telling a lie - done especially by children:
'He's nice,' said Laura, crossing her fingers under the table.
to not make any effort to help someone with their work:
I do all the work around the house - Frank never lifts a finger.
to know or be able to explain exactly what is wrong, different, or unusual about a situation:
There was something about the man that worried Wycliffe, but he couldn't put his finger on it.
to not hurt someone at all, especially not to hit them:
If you so much as lay a finger on me, I'll call the police!
to always know about the most recent changes or developments in a particular situation or activity:
people with their finger on the pulse of fashion and pop culture
to be involved in many activities and to have influence over a lot of people, used especially when you think someone has too much influence
to be able to persuade someone to do anything that you want:
Ed could wrap his mother around his little finger.
the part of a glove that covers your finger
of a glove
anything that is long and thin, like the shape of a finger, especially a piece of land, an area of water, or a piece of food:
shaped like a finger
the long finger of Chile
12 British English informal
used to tell someone to work harder
13 British English informal
to show someone you are angry with them in a very offensive way by holding up your first two fingers with the back of your hand facing them
14 American English informal
to show someone you are angry with them in a very offensive way by holding up your middle finger with the back of your hand facing them
15 British English
to use your hands in an awkward or careless way, so that you drop or break things
having long fingers, slim fingers etc:
lovely long-fingered hands
an amount of an alcoholic drink that is as high in the glass as the width of someone's finger:
two fingers of whiskey
➔ butterfingers, fish finger