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Friday, August 09, 2013

Definitions for finagle

  1. to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of): He finagled the backers out of a fortune.
  2. to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation: to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee.
  3. to practice deception or fraud; scheme.

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Citations for finagle
But the law's the law now, and not a contest between a lot of men paid to grin and lie and yell and finagle for whatever somebody wanted them to grin and lie and yell and finagle about. Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano, 1952
The high school biology department had been given a gift of some three hundred hamsters for the purpose of dissection, and Jerry diligently finagled to collect the skins from the biology students… Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997
Origin of finagle
1925-1930
Finagle likely comes from the English dialect term fainaigue meaning "to cheat." It entered English in the 1920s.