fine·​ly | \ ˈfīn-lē How to pronounce finely (audio) \

Definition of finely

: in a fine manner: such as
a : extremely well : excellently plays the hero very finelyNew Yorker
b : with close discrimination : precisely
c : with delicacy or subtlety : sensitively a leader finely attuned to the needs of the people
d : minutely finely ground meal

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Let cool; finely crush with the side of a chef’s knife. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Spinach-Yogurt Dip with Sizzled Mint," 19 Mar. 2018 Strip off the leaves, then finely crush them; discard the stems. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "The best recipes of 2017 that wowed us over and over," 7 Jan. 2018 Alternatively, put them in a bag and whack them with a rolling pin until finely crushed. Pour butter into crumbs and mix (hands are best for this) until butter is fully incorporated and the texture is that of wet sand. Leslie Robarge, Redbook, "Nutella. Pie. Chocolate Cookie Crust. Need We Say More?," 14 Mar. 2014 Cut the remaining 6 tomatoes into large chunks, and pulse them in a food processor until finely chopped. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Summer sauce: This fish dish highlights the season’s tomato harvest," 24 July 2019 Pulse 2 cups of herbs in a food processor until finely chopped. Genevieve Ko,, "The tastiest way to use up all your herbs (and it’s not pesto)," 6 July 2019 Make dipping sauce: In a blender, pulse jalapeños, serranos, 1 clove garlic, lime leaves, lime juice, condensed milk and 1 teaspoon sugar until finely chopped and well combined. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Way We Should Have Been Eating Shrimp All Along," 20 June 2019 Crab Cakes with Fresh Corn Ingredients 1 lb. fresh Maine Jonah crabmeat (or other crabmeat, if Jonah is unavailable), picked over for shell fragments 1 cup fresh raw corn kernels ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion ½ cup mayonnaise ½ tsp. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019 Green Harissa 3 green chiles, finely chopped 1 bunch cilantro, chopped 2 lemons, preferably meyer lemons, zested 1 pinch red pepper flakes ½ cup olive oil Kosher salt, to taste 1. Shay Spence,, "Get a Sneak Peek of Gordon Ramsay's New Around-the-World Cooking Show and Magazine," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of finely

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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