middle finger


Definition of middle finger 

: the midmost of the five digits of the hand

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But by the time Guzman's mother hit record on her phone, the other woman was using her middle finger. Avi Selk, courant.com, "'Rapist!' she yelled at a Hispanic man. 'She's quoting the president,' he thought.," 28 June 2018 This comes in the wake of Bill Russell's middle finger to Charles Barkley during Monday's NBA Awards show, which somehow now seems subtle. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Argentinian legend Diego Maradona gives new meaning to the Hand of God during World Cup," 26 June 2018 She's matched her birthmark to her eyeshadow and used red and blue glitter to turn her skin's natural tone into a festive middle finger to the haters. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Teenager Uses Glitter Makeup to Embrace Facial Birthmark," 13 June 2018 Many others around the city waving their arms — or raising their middle fingers. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "'This is what Baltimore’s like': Blog showcases photos of pedestrians posing for Google Street View car," 6 June 2018 Just as soon as the blister on his left middle finger cooperates. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blister sends MacKenzie Gore to Fort Wayne's DL," 14 Apr. 2018 While performing at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow, British pop singer Robbie Williams proudly flipped his middle finger directly to camera, in full view of the shocked U.S. audiences watching the tournament on Fox. Aja Hoggatt, EW.com, "Fox apologizes for Robbie Williams's middle finger at FIFA World Cup opening ceremony," 14 June 2018 The protesters had been met downtown with middle fingers and the warning of suspensions. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After school shootings, a teenager challenges the gun culture in her conservative Wyoming town," 18 May 2018 No, this isn't a giant middle finger to the headphone-jack haters at Apple and Google. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of middle finger

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of middle finger was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of middle finger

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

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Kids Definition of middle finger

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

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Medical Definition of middle finger 

: the midmost of the five digits of the hand

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