lay a finger on

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lay a finger on

informal
: to touch or hit (someone) usually used in negative statements
  • I don't know what he's complaining about. I never laid a finger on him.

Word by Word Definitions

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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