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 Fingers before Forks.Fingered. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fingers’ Ends.
I have it at my fingers’ ends. I am quite familiar with it and can do it readily. It is a Latin proverb (Scre tanquam un’gues dig’tosq.), where the allusion is to the statuary, who knows every item of his subject by the touch. (See UNGUEM.)   1
       Costard: Go to; thou hast it ad dunghill, at the fingers’ ends, as they say.
       Holofernes: O, I smell false Latin; dunghill for unguem.”—Shakespeare: Love’s Labour’s Lost, v. 1.

 Fingers before Forks.Fingered. 


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