middle finger

noun

Definition of middle finger 

: the midmost of the five digits of the hand

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Measurements varied across the board, but researchers found that the thumb, index and middle fingers always played a role of high importance. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine?," 13 July 2018 When Miller turned around, the bartender raised both middle fingers and cursed at him, according to an account Miller has shared with White House colleagues. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Stephen Miller Owned the Libs by Throwing Away His Own Sushi," 9 July 2018 When Miller turned around, the bartender raised both middle fingers and cursed at him, according to an account Miller has shared with White House colleagues. Author: Paul Schwartzman, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "'Viciousness': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies," 9 July 2018 The instructions say to press with your thumb and middle finger, and hold the device at the front and back. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Pee Funnels," 6 June 2018 Lincecum was on the 60-day disabled list because of a blister on his right middle finger and Tuesday was the last day of his 30-day rehab assignment. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Rangers Release Tim Lincecum As 30-Day Rehab Assignment Comes to an End," 5 June 2018 While the Mets announced that an X-ray examination on Matz’s left middle finger showed no breaks, that would not reveal any potential ligament or tendon damage. James Wagner, New York Times, "The Mets’ Finger Casualties: First Noah Syndergaard, Then Steven Matz," 29 May 2018 Any moment of real danger gets punctuated with gags like a gorilla’s middle finger. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Rampage Is a Big, Noisy Nothing," 13 Apr. 2018 Briskman, 50, briefly became a national figure in October after a photo of the cyclist brandishing a middle finger at Trump’s passing motorcade went viral. Eli Meixler, Time, "The Cyclist Who Was Fired for Flipping Off President Trump Is Suing Her Former Employer," 5 Apr. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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middle finger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of middle finger

: the long finger that is the middle one of the five fingers of the hand

middle finger

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Kids Definition of middle finger

: the long finger that is the middle one of the five fingers of the hand

middle finger

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Medical Definition of middle finger 

: the midmost of the five digits of the hand

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