Finessed
Finesse Fi*nesse", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Finessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Finessing}.] 1. To use artifice or stratagem. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

2. (Whist Playing) To attempt, when second or third player, to make a lower card answer the purpose of a higher, when an intermediate card is out, risking the chance of its being held by the opponent yet to play. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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