give (someone) the finger

idiom

informal
: to make an offensive gesture at someone by pointing the middle finger upward while keeping the other fingers folded down
He gave them the finger.

Examples of give (someone) the finger in a Sentence

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“Give (someone) the finger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20%28someone%29%20the%20finger. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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