finagler


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fi·na·gle

 (fə-nā′gəl)
v. fi·na·gled, fi·na·gling, fi·na·gles
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
To use clever or deceitful means to obtain or achieve something.

[Probably from dialectal fainaigue, to cheat.]

fi·na′gler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.finagler - a deceiver who uses crafty misleading methods
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
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