give (someone) the finger

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give (someone) the finger

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.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

finger play
  1. : any of the five terminating members of the hand : a digit of the forelimb

  2. : something that resembles a finger

  3. : a part of a glove into which a finger is inserted

  1. : to touch or feel with the fingers

  2. : to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers

  3. : to play (notes, chords, etc.) with a specific fingering


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