fore·​fin·​ger | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfiŋ-gər How to pronounce forefinger (audio) \

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Hold your forefinger and thumb close to your eye and bring them gradually together without actually touching. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, "‘Through Two Doors at Once’ Review: Interfering With Reality," 3 Aug. 2018 Walk your hands together so that your thumbs and forefingers form a triangle. SELF, "A 15-Minute No-Equipment Core Workout You Can Do at Home," 18 Jan. 2019 According the acupuncturists, one of the useful pressure points on your body can be found on your hand, located on the webbed area between your thumb and forefinger. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Why Do Couples Hold Hands?," 4 Jan. 2019 Take your NuvaRing out of the foil pouch, hold it between your thumb and forefinger, and squeeze the sides together. Korin Miller, SELF, "14 Things You Should Know Before Using the Vaginal Ring," 2 Aug. 2018 To do this grasp the rope between your thumb and forefinger and give a twist clockwise. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "How to Tie a Christmas Tree to the Roof of Your Car," 2 Dec. 2018 Or patients do a sort of hacking motion with the long blade of the knife into the pit, and hack into the webbing between the thumb and the forefinger instead. Cindy Dampier,, "Blood on the guacamole: Is avocado hand reaching epidemic proportions?," 15 June 2018 Scoop one-inch balls of the dough and roll into perfect spheres between the palms of your hands, then press each cookie between thumb and forefinger to make a thick button or puck shape. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Milk Punch with Sesame Cookies," 29 Nov. 2012 Finally, Def Leppard even managed to inspire a woman in the first row to hold up a pair of red panties by the waistband with her thumbs (and to twirl it on her forefinger) every time a band member looked in her general direction. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Concert review: Are Def Leppard and Journey getting too old for this kind of thing?," 10 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of forefinger

: the finger that is next to the thumb


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