to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of): He finagled the backers out of a fortune.
to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation: to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee.
to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
- Sometimes fe·na·gle .
- fi·na·gler, noun
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How to use finagle in a sentence
Former Senator Bill Nelson, who was sworn in as administrator of NASA in May, finagled a junket for himself aboard a space shuttle flight in 1986, as did former Senator Jake Garn the year before.With Private Space Flight On the Rise, Who Gets to Be Called 'Astronaut?' | Jeffrey Kluger | August 4, 2021 | Time
Sanders has indicated he might get creative on finagling an indirect way to raise the minimum wage through the tax code.Democrats’ remaining options for raising the minimum wage, explained | Emily Stewart | February 26, 2021 | Vox
And many would-be conquerors have managed to finagle bits and pieces.So You Want to Rule a Kingdom? A Wacky History of One-Man Nations | Nina Strochlic | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Maybe he can finagle a vote before the rage caucus gets fully into gear.
And above all, don't let anybody finagle you into making any claims about knowing the future.The Edge of the Knife | Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for finagle
(tr) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle
to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)
- finagler, noun
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