- 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.
Origin of finagle
Examples from the Web for finagle
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
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Maybe he can finagle a vote before the rage caucus gets fully into gear.The Senate Immigration...Breakthrough
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- (tr) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle
- to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)
Word Origin and History for finagle
1926, American English, possibly a variant of English dialectal fainaigue "to cheat or renege" (at cards), of unknown origin. Liberman says finagle is from figgle, phonetic variant of fiddle "fidget about," frequentative of fig. Related: Finagled; finagling.