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 Fingle-fangle (A).Finny Tribe. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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.   1
 


 Fingle-fangle (A).Finny Tribe. 

 
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