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
Recent Examples of finagle from the Web
The conference, an invite-only affair held for one week each summer since 1983, basically boils down to a billionaires confab, where titans of business and industry meet to discuss the next big thing, or finagle deals.
Robert Pearlman, a friend and colleague who knows everything about space, had finagled a pre-release set from LEGO on the condition that his site, CollectSPACE, along with Ars and Space.com, write about its construction.
Although the Yankees finagled a first-inning run largely on Cotton’s early-game jitters, they were held hitless for five and two-thirds innings and, after Holliday’s home run, managed just one more hit, a single by Starlin Castro.
Experts say Beijing can finagle its trade figures or categorize trade as something else to suit its political purposes.
The brothers were left all the money when their father died, leaving Regina to finagle her own way to wealth.
But a fastball upstairs to Taylor finagled a fly-out.
When Prohibition passed into law in 1919, millions of Americans looking to wet their whistles had to score booze from shady bootleggers, finagle entry into secretive speakeasies or head to Mexico for a cocktail.
The president was reportedly furious that Bannon had appeared to undercut him by finagling a spot on the council.
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Origin and Etymology of finagle
perhaps alteration of fainaigue to renege
First Known Use: circa 1924See Words from the same year
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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