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finesse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of finesse

  1. 1 to plan out usually with subtle skill or care <had to finesse the schedule a bit to fit in another patient that afternoon> Synonyms contrive, finagle, engineer, frame, machinate, maneuver, manipulate, mastermind, negotiate, wangleRelated Words arrange, concert, conclude, hammer out, work out; angle (for), compass, intrigue, plot, scheme; connive; brew, concoct, cook (up), hatch; captain, command, conduct, direct, handle, manage, quarterback, run; gerrymanderNear Antonyms blow, bobble, botch, bungle, butcher, flub, fumble, gum (up), louse up, mangle, mess (up), mishandle, muff

  2. 2 to get or keep away from (as a responsibility) through cleverness or trickery <tried to finesse the blame for the foreign policy fiasco, even though he was secretary of state at the time> Synonyms avoid, dodge, duck, elude, eschew, evade, escape, get around, scape, shake, shirk, shuffle (out of), shun, weasel (out of)Related Words miss; avert, deflect, divert, obviate, parry, prevent, ward (off); ban, bar, debar, eliminate, except, exclude, preclude, rule out; bypass, circumvent, skirt; foil, fox, frustrate, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach, thwartNear Antonyms accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incur




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