fi·na·gle | \fə-ˈnā-gəl \
finagled; finagling\fə-ˈnā-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of finagle 

transitive verb

1 : to obtain by indirect or involved means finagle a ride home

2 : to obtain by trickery finagled his way into the concert

intransitive verb

: to use devious or dishonest methods to achieve one's ends A con man finagled my neighbor out of $400.

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Other Words from finagle

finagler \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

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Last year’s Hunt involved tasks like finding and riding a water buffalo in Hanoi and finagling a dinner invitation from a family in Egypt. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The ‘Mystery Vacation’ Trend: What Will Your Destination Be?," 8 Mar. 2018 Even among older buildings, Sise added, Golub renovated or created pet spots, adding sinks or finagling a dog run within an outdoor area. Alison Bowen,, "'Yappy Hours' are now a thing. Rental buildings are ramping up pet perks," 12 July 2017 On May 30, Holden finagled some special Orioles magic to bring two of his worlds together. Courtney Mcgee,, "Rodgers Forge students get a Camden Yards' experience to remember," 3 July 2018 Amid the drama, though, Colton finagles Becca into giving him the rose. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 6 Recap: Is Now Really The Time For A "Debate"?," 3 July 2018 The concern intensified last October after a member of the public finagled his way into a giant press scrum outside the Senate chamber, jeered at the president and hurled Russian flags in his path. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Immigration fight is no picnic: Reps brawl, Dems jeer and cops search for Trump-accosting intern," 21 June 2018 Kim finagled Trump into accepting a concept that Pyongyang and Beijing have long demanded but U.S. officials firmly rejected only a few months ago. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump thinks his personal relationships with dictators will save the world. He's wrong | Trudy Rubin," 15 June 2018 Wolff clearly seduced, weaseled, confused and finagled his sources to get them yapping. Michael Miner, Chicago Reader, "Criminal Justice / Media / News Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, and the question of when we get to say the hell with the rules," 11 Jan. 2018 How many free things has Bahaa finagled because of his resemblance to Salah? Khadrice Rollins,, "Watch: This Mohamed Salah Look-Alike Could Probably Confuse Jurgen Klopp," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of finagle

circa 1924, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for finagle

perhaps alteration of fainaigue to renege

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English Language Learners Definition of finagle

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

: to trick (someone) in order to get something

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