finagle

verb
fi·​na·​gle | \ fə-ˈnā-gəl How to pronounce finagle (audio) \
finagled; finagling\ fə-​ˈnā-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce finagling (audio) \

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

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Other Words from finagle

finagler \ fə-​ˈnā-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce finagler (audio) \ 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 on the Web Properties seized, finagled, extorted, or paid for with cold, hard cash remain American in perpetuity. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's Magazine, "The Old Normal," 27 Apr. 2020 The mega-wealthy, after all, immediately finagled access to coronavirus testing while populations at greater risk of infection continue to wait for a testing infrastructure beyond its current threadbare state to be spun up. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "It Will Be Needlessly Hard to Get a Coronavirus Vaccination in the U.S.," 13 May 2020 Properties seized, finagled, extorted, or paid for with cold, hard cash remain American in perpetuity. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's Magazine, "The Old Normal," 27 Apr. 2020 Properties seized, finagled, extorted, or paid for with cold, hard cash remain American in perpetuity. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's Magazine, "The Old Normal," 27 Apr. 2020 The president of the United States couldn’t even finagle an invite to the coveted fashion event. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Naomi Campbell Just Poured Jackie Aina Some Piping Hot Met Gala Tea," 25 Apr. 2020 In London, bankers are chartering private jets and trying to finagle military cargo planes to get their bullion to New York exchanges. ... Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Coronavirus Sparks a Global Gold Rush," 27 Mar. 2020 By finagling this deal, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats are freeing up lawmakers to capitalize on this time in advance of the midterms. Li Zhou, Vox, "Progressives are furious at Senate Democrats for cutting another deal on federal judges," 12 Oct. 2018 Properties seized, finagled, extorted, or paid for with cold, hard cash remain American in perpetuity. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of finagle was circa 1924

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“Finagle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finagle. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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finagle

verb
How to pronounce finagle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of finagle

informal
: to get (something) in a clever or dishonest way
: to trick (someone) in order to get something

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