[ fi-ney-guh l ]
/ fɪˈneɪ gəl /
verb (used with object), fi·na·gled, fi·na·gling.
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.
verb (used without object), fi·na·gled, fi·na·gling.
to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
Related formsfi·na·gler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for finagling
/ (fɪˈneɪɡəl) /
(tr) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle
to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)
Derived Formsfinagler, noun
Word Origin for finagle
C20: probably changed from dialect fainaigue
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