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
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.
Adobe has been working long and hard to finagle Apple into imbuing the iPhone with a full Flash experience.
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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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