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 : to obtain by indirect or involved means <finagle a ride home>
2 : to obtain by trickery <finagled his way into the concert>
: to use devious or dishonest methods to achieve one's ends
Examples of finagle
A con man finagled my neighbor out of four hundred dollars.
<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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