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    five-fingers exercise

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Early news bulletins had spoken of rioting and arrests here and there, but these were mere five-fingers exercise, for what was to come.

    five-finger exercise = trifle, trifling matter

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: five-fingers exercise

    I'd say so.

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