fore·fin·ger | \ˈfȯr-ˌfiŋ-gər \

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Twitter users couldn’t help but notice the excruciating attempts made by Donald Trump with first his index and forefinger, then his pinky, before Melania finally acquiesced to a brief handhold. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Melania Trump Really Doesn’t Want to Hold Donald Trump’s Hand," 24 Apr. 2018 His hand bears a stab wound between the right thumb and forefinger, probably obtained while defending himself in a fight, which would have made the hand difficult or impossible to work with. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman spent his last days trying to repair his tools," 22 June 2018 Etiquette expert Myka Meier told People the proper way to hold a teacup involves pinching the top of the handle with your thumb and forefinger, and resting the bottom of the handle on your middle finger., "15 Things Meghan Markle Can't Do Now That She’s A Royal," 15 May 2018 The Michigan students parked behind that basket went berserk, and Wagner pressed his thumbs to his forefingers to mimic an official’s three-point signal. Andy Staples,, "Michigan's Moritz Wagner Dominates to End Loyola-Chicago's Run, Send Wolverines to Title Game," 31 Mar. 2018 In You Were Never Really Here, the twin of that shot is a close-up of a green jellybean that Joe squeezes between his thumb and forefinger, observing its journey from cracked to mushed. Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader, "You Were Never Really Here updates Taxi Driver to an even colder urban landscape," 12 Apr. 2018 Sherard pulled a knife and ripped into the victim’s left hand, between the forefinger and thumb, police said. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester Police Arrest Suspect In Slashing, Robbery," 3 Apr. 2018 According to the company, the rice-grain-sized chip would be injected between the thumb and forefinger, where it can be used to unlock doors, log in to computers, run photocopiers, and purchase snacks from break-room vending machines. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can your boss make you wear a Fitbit?," 15 Mar. 2018 On a routine play during an afternoon practice, the 40-year-old Brady collided with running back Rex Burkhead, after which blood gushed from a wide but short gash along the webbing that connects the QB’s right thumb and forefinger. Greg Bishop,, "Once Again, Tom Brady and the Patriots Are—Hands Down—the Super Bowl Favorites," 23 Jan. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forefinger was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of forefinger

: the finger that is next to the thumb


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to reject or criticize sharply

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