middle finger

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middle finger (plural middle fingers)

  1. The finger between the forefinger and the ring finger; this is the longest finger.
  2. An obscene gesture directed towards another as an insult, made by sticking up the middle finger of a hand.
    • 2018, Jason Silverstein, "Giving Middle Finger to Police Is a First Amendment Right, Man Argues in Lawsuit Over Ticket", Newsweek, February 4, 2018:
      An Indiana man argues in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he had a First Amendment right to give the middle finger to a state trooper, and that his free speech was violated when the gesture earned him a ticket.
  3. (figuratively) An insult directed at someone.
    • 2007, Dominique Paul, The Possibility of Fireflies‎, page 62:
      Her whole way of being is a big middle finger to the other guy.

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