Definition of finagle
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.
finaglerplay \fə-ˈnā-g(ə-)lər\ noun
Examples of finagle in a sentence
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 and Etymology of finagle
perhaps alteration of fainaigue to renege
First Known Use: circa 1924
FINAGLE Defined for English Language Learners
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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