Finger and Glove to First-class Hard Labour
Finger and Glove To be finger and glove with another means to be most intimate.
Finger in the Pie To have a finger in the pie. To assist or mix oneself officiously in any matter. Esse rei particeps. In French, Mettro la main à la pâte.
Finger Benediction In the Greek and Roman Church the thumb and first two fingers represent the
Trinity. The thumb, being strong, represents the Father; the long or second finger, Jesus Christ; and
the first finger, the Holy Ghost, which proceedeth from the Father and the Son. (See Blessing.)
Finger-stall A hutkin, a cover for a sore finger. The Germans call a thimble a finger-hut, where hut is evidently the word hut or huth (a tending, keeping, or guarding), from the verb huten (to keep watch over). Our hutkin is simply a little cap for guarding a sore finger. Stall is the Saxon stæl (a place), whence our stall, a place for horses.
Fingers The old names for the fingers are -
"The thumb, in chiromancy, we give to Venus:His fingers are all thumbs. Said of a person awkward in the use of his hands. Ce sont les deux doigts de la main.
"This Vulcan was a smith, they tell us,Fingers' Ends I have it at my fingers' ends. I am quite familiar with it and can do it readily. It is a Latin proverb (Scire tanquam ungues digitosq.), where the allusion is to the statuary, who knows every item of his subject by the touch. (See Unguem.)
"Costard: Go to; thou hast it ad dunghill, at the fingers' ends, as they say.
Fingle-fangle (A). A ricochet word meaning a fanciful trifle. A "new fangle" is a novel contrivance. "New fangled," etc.
Finished to the Finger-nail or "ad unguem, " in allusion to statuaries running their finger-tips over a statue to detect if any roughness or imperfection of surface remains.
Finny Tribe Fish; so called because they are furnished with fins.
Finsbury (London). A corruption of Fens-bury, the town in the fens.
Fion son of Comnal, an enormous giant, who could place his feet on two mountains, and then stoop and drink from a stream in the valley between. (Gaelic legend.)
Fir-cone on the Thyrsus. The juice of the fir-tree (turpentine) used to be mixed by the Greeks with new wine to make it keep; hence it was adopted as one of the symbols of Bacchus.
Fir-tree (The). Atys was metamorphosed into a fir-tree by Cybele, as he was about to lay violent hands on himself. (Ovid Metamorphoses, x. fable 2.)
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