lift a finger

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lift a finger

:to make an effort to do something usually used in negative statements
  • I have so many chores to do, and my sister won't lift a finger to help me.
  • He never lifted a finger to try to improve his failing grades.

Word by Word Definitions

lift play
  1. : heavens, sky

  1. : to raise from a lower to a higher position : elevate

  2. : to raise in rank or condition

  3. : to raise in rate or amount

  1. : the amount that may be lifted at one time : load

  2. : the action or an instance of lifting

  3. : the action or an instance of rising

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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