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The dominant style of pottery at Chaco was corrugated ware, which involves pinching layers of coiled clay together using the thumb and forefinger, leaving ancient fingerprints behind. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Fingerprints Show Men and Women Both Made Pottery in the American Southwest," 28 May 2019 Grab the seedling betwixt thumb and forefinger and pull it. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Your Alaska summer weeding strategy is right here," 13 June 2019 Sitting in his office the other day, Jay Wright held his thumb and forefinger close together. Mike Jensen,, "Villanova’s NBA draft prospects impacted by those who came before them | Mike Jensen," 6 June 2019 The importance of the trigger finger is why snipers go to such lengths to keep their forefingers shrouded and unbruised, and why so many cut the finger off a glove to better connect with their weapon. Azad Cudi, Harper's magazine, "Long Shot," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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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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