lay a finger on

Definition of lay a finger on

informal

  1. :  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

  1. :  to beat or strike down with force

    :  to put or set down

    :  to place for rest or sleep

  1. :  covert, lair

    :  something (such as a layer) that lies or is laid (see 1lay)

    :  line of action :  plan

  1. : past tense oflie

  1. :  a simple narrative poem :  ballad

    :  melody, song

  1. :  of or relating to the laity :  not ecclesiastical

    :  of or relating to members of a religious house occupied with domestic or manual work

    :  not of a particular profession

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

    :  one other than the thumb

    :  something that resembles a finger

  1. :  to touch or feel with the fingers

    :  to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers

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


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