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chicane

verb chi·cane \ shi-ˈkān , chi- \
Updated on: 22 Feb 2018

Definition of chicane

chicaned; chicaning
: to use chicanery
  • a wretch he had taught to lie and chicane
  • —George Meredith

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Examples of chicane in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of chicane

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


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chicane

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of chicane

1686



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