finagle(redirected from finagled)
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v. fi·na·gled, fi·na·gling, fi·na·gles
1. To obtain or achieve by cleverness or deceit, especially in persuading someone: finagle a day off from work; finagled a reservation at the popular restaurant.
2. To cheat; swindle: shady stockbrokers who finagle their clients out of fortunes.
To use clever or deceitful means to obtain or achieve something.
[Probably from dialectal fainaigue, to cheat.]
1. (tr) to get or achieve by trickery, craftiness, or persuasion; wangle
2. to use trickery or craftiness on (a person)
[C20: probably changed from dialect fainaigue]
v. -gled, -gling. v.t.
1. to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often fol. 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 invitation.v.i.
3. to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
[1925–30, Amer.; alter. of dial. (W, SW England) fainaigue to shirk, renege]
Past participle: finagled
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