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finespun

or fine-spun

[fahyn-spuhn] /ˈfaɪnˈspʌn/
adjective
1.
spun or drawn out to a fine thread.
2.
highly or excessively refined or subtle.
Origin of finespun
1640-1650
1640-50; fine1 + spun
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  • Mr. finespun was the gentleman whose retirement from the ministry the Duke of St. Bungay had now announced.

    Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
  • It was the tint of the copper beech, thick, finespun, with intermittent twists that gave it a wavy effect.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • All his finespun hopes had been ruthlessly rent by the hand of reality.

    The Song of the Wolf Frank Mayer
British Dictionary definitions for finespun

finespun

/ˈfaɪnˈspʌn/
adjective
1.
spun or drawn out to a fine thread
2.
excessively subtle or refined; not practical
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