• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fine-draw to draw or sew up a rent so finely that it is not seen
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  • Robert Benchley
    Robert Benchley
    “Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. finitus, finished, from finīre, to finish, finis, an end.


In literature:

She began by begging him to draw his chair close, for an instinctive terror of fine ladies had made him keep his distance.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
Persons unaccustomed to fine drawings, are apt to injure them by rough treatment.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
You are drawing it fine.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
Everybody, including Mr Orgreave, had said that the Clayhanger drawing-room with its bay-window was a fine apartment.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
She had all her meals served in the drawing-room, and she partook of every course, and had a really fine appetite.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Fine accomplishments for a New York drawing-room, I must say.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
The fine art of living, indeed, is to draw from each person his best.
"The Girl Wanted" by Nixon Waterman
As they do not demand fine drawing, so the artist must be careful to offer them very much more than academic accomplishment.
"Children's Books and Their Illustrators" by Gleeson White
The study at Tavistock House was more elaborate; a fine large room, opening into the drawing-room by means of sliding doors.
"My Father as I Recall Him" by Mamie Dickens
The drawing-room door, which faces the entrance in the hall, is very finely carved.
"Chelsea" by G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
Drawing too went on finely.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
One fine morning he came into the drawing-room and began to arrange some music on the top of the piano.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
He tried his hand in fine art, occupied himself in drawing, and even in engraving.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Next draw some wisps of fine, long-fiber cotton through the melted wax and lay them quickly flat upon oiled paper to cool.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
His fine intelligence draws to itself those of like disposition.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
Her form was the remains of a fine form, her attitude that of a woman used to a better drawing-room.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
But let us draw near to the fine old house which stands in this new Eden.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
One fine morning he came into the drawing-room and began to arrange some music on the top of the piano.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Upon the fine face of the King, as he entered Nell's drawing-room, was an expression of nervous bantering, not wholly unmixed with anxiety.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
On one peculiarly fine day a group of people were gathered together in the drawing-room of a splendid mansion in one of the West End crescents.
"Little Frida" by Anonymous

In poetry:

The locust harsh, that sharply saws
The silence of the summer noon;
The katydid that thinly draws
Its fine file o'er the bars of moon;
And grasshopper that drills each pause:
"Rain In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein
To fan thy chaff — to fine thy drossy part —
To draw thy dregs — thy morals to amend —
To tame thy flesh — and to improve thy heart —
It was, that God did thy disorder send.
"A Letter From Sir Lewis Mansel Of Margam, In Glamorganshire, As 'Tis Suppos'd, To The Vicar Prichard" by Rees Prichard
That life is a spinster I often have read,
And too fine she draws out her spider--like thread;
A breath can destroy what's so slenderly made,
And life for her trouble has seldom been paid.
"Miss Gilpin’s Song" by Susanna Blamire
The stars spin fine their filigree,
Can hidden spirits in it be?
There haunts me something awing…
You finer birch, you snow unstained,
You purer air,—a soul you've gained?
Who is it here now drawing
"A Meeting" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Though freedom taken with the bride
In honour can't be justified;
No prudent thought his love retarded,
'Twas human nature quite unguarded.
Yet if strict justice draws the line,
It merits a reproof--not fine.
"The Milkman" by William Hutton
The sea of Fortune doth not ever flow, She draws her favours to the lowest ebb.
Her tides hath equal times to come and go,
Her loom doth weave the fine and coarsest web.
No joy so great but runneth to an end,
No hap so hard but may in fine amend.
"Times Go" by Robert Southwell

In news:

But Harrison's knack for drawing fines/suspension seems to have made LB vigilant.
Common question draws flighty answers at best, what with so many fine candidates around us.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.
Giants draw fines over kneel -down spat.
WASHINGTON, Oct 31 — The Supreme Court is accustomed to drawing fine lines.
Chris Kluwe draws fine for HOF ad.
Bowman , Goldson draw league fines.
NaVorro Bowman , Dashon Goldson draw league fines.
"New customers only" has been a frequent fine-print provision on daily deal vouchers, but it's becoming less common as businesses test multiple deals on different sites to draw in various groups.
Dawson Cole Fine Art Contemporary figurative bronze sculpture, paintings and drawings by artists Richard MacDonald, Robert Heindel, Henry Moore and Jian Wang.
(BPT) – The allure of a new car and low monthly payment options draw many people to lease a car, even though they could face serious fines and extra charges when they return the vehicle at the end of the lease term.
It took me a while to get into " Paper Zoo", a collection of prints, photographs, books and drawings illustrating wildlife at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A Salt Lake City high school's policy of imposing $5 fines for tardiness is drawing protests from some students.
Jackson draws fine, reprimand .
Giants draw fines over kneel-down spat .