finagle


fi·na·gle

verb \fə-ˈnā-gəl\

: to get (something) in a clever or dishonest way

: to trick (someone) in order to get something

fi·na·gledfi·na·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of FINAGLE

transitive verb
1
:  to obtain by indirect or involved means <finagle a ride home>
2
:  to obtain by trickery <finagled his way into the concert>
intransitive verb
:  to use devious or dishonest methods to achieve one's ends
fi·na·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of FINAGLE

  1. A con man finagled my neighbor out of four hundred dollars.
  2. <let me look at my schedule and see if I can't finagle a visit to the museum>

Origin of FINAGLE

perhaps alteration of fainaigue to renege
First Known Use: circa 1924

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