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chicane

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verb chi·cane \shi-ˈkān, chi-\

Definition of chicane

chicaned

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chicaning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to use chicanery a wretch he had taught to lie and chicane — George Meredith

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  trick, cheat

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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

Did You Know?

There's no mystery about the origins of chicane. It's from the Middle French verb chicaner, meaning "to quibble" or "to prevent justice," and print evidence of its use as a verb in English dates to around 1672. The noun form of chicane was first used in print in 1686. In addition to referring to "trickery," the noun chicane is used to refer to an obstacle or a series of tight turns in opposite directions on a racecourse. In card games, chicane refers to the absence of trumps in a hand of cards. One curiosity of this word set is that the word that would appear to be a derivative of chicane-chicanery (a synonym of chicane in its "trickery" sense)-actually appeared in English over 60 years before chicane.

Origin and Etymology of chicane

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


First Known Use: circa 1672


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chicane

noun chi·cane

Definition of chicane

  1. 1 :  chicanery

  2. 2a :  an obstacle on a racecourseb :  a series of tight turns in opposite directions in an otherwise straight stretch of a road-racing course

  3. 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

1686

First Known Use of chicane

1686



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