lift a finger meaning

  "lift a finger" in a sentence
[American slang]
v. phr. 1. To do something; do your share; to help. Usually used in the negative. We all worked hard except Joe. He wouldn't lift a finger. The king did not lift a hand when his people were hungry.
Compare: LEND A HAND.


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  1. he never lifts a finger round the house.
  2. linda doesn't lift a finger around the house.
  3. she knew the irascible old gentleman would never lift a finger against his grandson, whatever he might say to the contrary.
  4. the king did not lift a finger when his people were hungry
  5. you'll never have to lift a finger again

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