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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Definitions for chicanery

  1. The use of trickery or sophistry to deceive (as in matters of law).
  2. A trick; a subterfuge.

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Citations for chicanery
Wordsworth's paternal grandfather, Richard, had first come to Westmorland from South Yorkshire in 1700, to recoup his fortunes with the then baron Lonsdale, having been done out of his fortune by his own guardian's chicanery. Kenneth R. Johnston, The Hidden Wordsworth
True, Gramm-Rudman's deficit targets were often met only by chicanery -- by anticipating revenues and moving expenses off-budget. David Frum, The Atlantic
Origin of chicanery
Chicanery comes from French chicaner, "to quibble, to use tricks," perhaps from Middle Low German schicken, "to arrange," with the sense "to arrange to one's own advantage."