finagle

verb fi·na·gle \ fə-ˈnā-gəl \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of finagle

finagled; finagling play \fə-ˈnā-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
  • A con man finagled my neighbor out of $400.

finagler

play \fə-ˈnā-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of finagle in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of finagle

perhaps alteration of fainaigue to renege

FINAGLE Defined for English Language Learners

finagle

Definition of finagle for English Language Learners

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

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



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