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chicane

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verb chi·cane \shi-ˈkān, chi-\

Definition of chicane

chi·canedchi·can·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to use chicanery <a wretch he had taught to lie and chicane — George Meredith>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  trick, cheat



Examples of chicane

  1. <a lawyer who is so notorious for chicaning that the guilty invariably seek his services>



Origin of chicane

French chicaner, from Middle French, to quibble, prevent justice


First Known Use: circa 1672


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chicane

noun chi·cane

Definition of chicane

  1. 1 :  chicanery

  2. 2 a :  an obstacle on a racecourse b :  a series of tight turns in opposite directions in an otherwise straight stretch of a road-racing course

  3. 3 :  the absence of trumps in a hand of cards




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