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noun [countable]     finger pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    your fingers are the long thin parts on the end of your hands

    He had long bony fingers.

    She ran her fingers over the smooth wood.

    1. a.
      the part of a piece of clothing that covers one of your fingers

      the fingers of her glove

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  2. 2
    something that has a long thin shape, for example a piece of food or an area of land

    a finger of land

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    put your finger on sth to discover or understand the reason for something

    There is something wrong with her story but I can't quite put my finger on it.

    Submitted by Mutlu Ozlevi from Australia on 21/05/2014
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to put your finger on something to discover the exact reason why a situation is the way it is, especially when something is wrong

    I can't put my finger on what's bothering me, but it doesn't feel right.

    There's something wrong with this piece, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

    Submitted by Inga Pogorelova from Russian Federation on 04/08/2016


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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