chicane


1chi·cane

verb \shi-ˈkān, chi-\
chi·canedchi·can·ing

Definition of CHICANE

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

2chicane

noun

Definition of CHICANE

1
:  chicanery
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
:  the absence of trumps in a hand of cards

Examples of CHICANE

  1. <most get-rich-quick schemes involve more than a smidgen of chicane>

First Known Use of CHICANE

1686

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