[ fi-ney-guhl ]
/ fɪˈneɪ gəl /
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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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How to use finagle in a sentence
She uncovers a reprehensible example of cronyism, elitism, and vote finagling which reflects some Israeli Leftist shortcomings.Open Zion Should Not Mean Open Season on Israel|Gil Troy|July 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for finagle
/ (fɪˈneɪɡəl) /
(tr) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle
to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)
Derived forms of finaglefinagler, noun
Word Origin for finagle
C20: probably changed from dialect fainaigue
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