finagle

or fe·na·gle

[ 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.

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Origin of finagle

1925–30, Americanism; finaig- (variant of fainaigue) + -le

OTHER WORDS FROM finagle

fi·na·gler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for finagling

finagle
/ (fɪˈneɪɡəl) /

verb informal

(tr) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle
to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)

Derived forms of finagle

finagler, noun

Word Origin for finagle

C20: probably changed from dialect fainaigue
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