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forefinger

the finger next to the thumb
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forefinger

[′fȯr‚fiŋ·gər]
(anatomy)
The index finger; the first finger next to the thumb.
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Bucket and his fat forefinger are much in consultation together under existing circumstances.
He is free with his money, affable in his manners, innocent in his conversation--but through the placid stream of his life there glides an under-current of forefinger.
He stood with his head on one side and himself on one side, in a bullying interrogative manner, and he threw his forefinger at Mr.
The strange gentleman, with an air of authority not to be disputed, and with a manner expressive of knowing something secret about every one of us that would effectually do for each individual if he chose to disclose it, left the back of the settle, and came into the space between the two settles, in front of the fire, where he remained standing: his left hand in his pocket, and he biting the forefinger of his right.
On repeating this last word Mr Vladimir laid a long white forefinger on the edge of the desk.
His eyes began to glisten and his forefinger to tremble.
Whether moved only by her ordinary freakishness, or because an evil spirit prompted her, she put up her small forefinger and touched the scarlet letter.
There is Athelstan, Harold, Edward." He pointed with his forefinger to three smaller boys, all rosy, healthy, and smiling, though when they felt Philip's smiling eyes upon them they looked shyly down at their plates.
The doctor tapped the advertisement with his forefinger impressively.
Queequeg and I had just left the Pequod, and were sauntering away from the water, for the moment each occupied with his own thoughts, when the above words were put to us by a stranger, who, pausing before us, levelled his massive forefinger at the vessel in question.