Butter-fingers

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Butter-fingers one who lets a cricket-ball he ought to catch slip through his fingers
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. butere; Ger. butter; both from L. butyrum—Gr. boutyronbous ox, tyros, cheese.

Usage

In literature:

Do you know who you've let slip, butter-fingers?
"The Amateur Cracksman" by E. W. Hornung
Then I shan't have to butter your fingers?
"The Window-Gazer" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Elizabeth Ann shrank back in terror, clutching her plate of butter to her breast with tense fingers.
"Understood Betsy" by Dorothy Canfield
When done, break or split them open with your fingers; butter them and send them to table hot.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
Cut some slices of brown bread into fingers half an inch thick; spread with butter.
"365 Foreign Dishes" by Unknown
Work in the butter with the fingers and add the milk.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Roll the cleaned smelts in flour, saute in butter, and arrange on fingers of buttered toast.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
Mr. Dart's fine, white fingers gracefully annexed a piece of buttered bread and the tale went on.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
With the tips of the fingers work into the flour one-third a cup of butter.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
You butter-finger, can't you stop anything?
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
You always have ze finger butter.
"Cormorant Crag" by George Manville Fenn
Now we'll see if I'm a good shot and if you're a butter-fingers.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
A small pail of milk stood behind the butter-plate, and Tessibel, clutching it in her fingers, rose up.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
You're an absolute butter-fingers!
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
He was, to use a popular expression, a regular butter-fingers, and broke whatever he touched.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Ladies' fingers will do for babies, but pound has too much butter ever to be healthy.
"The Candy Country" by Louisa M. Alcott
That center fielder is a regular butter-fingers!
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
Perhaps Mr. Tagore did not know that in English "butter fingers" greasily signifies manual ineptitude.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy
You're a good runner, I hear, and no butter-fingers.
"A Terrible Tomboy" by Angela Brazil
Cut bread in pieces the size of the little finger, fry in butter or lard, and put in the tureen when taken up.
"Clayton's Quaker Cook-Book" by H. J. Clayton
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In news:

Using clean hands, begin to rub the bits of butter into the flour with your fingers and palms.
Sugar 2 quarts espresso 3-½ cups sweet marsala 84 lady fingers cocoa powder, 18-22% butter fat (to dust) 8 amaretto cookies DIRECTIONS: Cream egg yolks with sugar and add mascarpone.
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