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finagle

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verb fi·na·gle \fə-ˈnā-gəl\

Simple Definition of finagle

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

  • : to trick (someone) in order to get something

Full Definition of finagle

fi·na·gledfi·na·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to obtain by indirect or involved means <finagle a ride home>

  3. 2 :  to obtain by trickery <finagled his way into the concert>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to use devious or dishonest methods to achieve one's ends

fi·na·gler play \-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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