taiteilla

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From taito (skill).

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taiteilla

  1. To do something that demonstrates high skill, especially with one's hands or by performing a tricky set of motions.
    • Me suljimme vangin kellariin, mutta jotenkin hän taiteili itsensä ulos.
      • We locked the prisoner in the basement but somehow he managed to trick his way out.
  2. (figuratively) To walk a tightrope (to undertake a precarious course of action).
    • Yritys taiteili jatkuvasti vähien rahavarojen ja tilausten nopean toimittamisen välillä.
      • The company constantly walked a tightrope between operating on little money and filling orders quickly.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From taide (art).

Verb[edit]

taiteilla

  1. To produce a work of art such as a skillful drawing or painting (but not e.g. a piece of music or literature).
Usage notes[edit]

In the sense "to produce a work of art" the term is slightly belittling and would more likely be used of the work of an amateur than that of a professional artist. Somewhat illogically, the use of the title taiteilija (artist) shows high respect to the work of a person, and is mostly reserved for professional artists representing any field of artistic activity.

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