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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.

finagle

(fɪˈneɪɡəl)
vb
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]
fiˈnagler n

fi•na•gle

(fɪˈneɪ gəl)

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]
fi•na′gler, n.

finagle


Past participle: finagled
Gerund: finagling

Imperative
finagle
finagle
Present
I finagle
you finagle
he/she/it finagles
we finagle
you finagle
they finagle
Preterite
I finagled
you finagled
he/she/it finagled
we finagled
you finagled
they finagled
Present Continuous
I am finagling
you are finagling
he/she/it is finagling
we are finagling
you are finagling
they are finagling
Present Perfect
I have finagled
you have finagled
he/she/it has finagled
we have finagled
you have finagled
they have finagled
Past Continuous
I was finagling
you were finagling
he/she/it was finagling
we were finagling
you were finagling
they were finagling
Past Perfect
I had finagled
you had finagled
he/she/it had finagled
we had finagled
you had finagled
they had finagled
Future
I will finagle
you will finagle
he/she/it will finagle
we will finagle
you will finagle
they will finagle
Future Perfect
I will have finagled
you will have finagled
he/she/it will have finagled
we will have finagled
you will have finagled
they will have finagled
Future Continuous
I will be finagling
you will be finagling
he/she/it will be finagling
we will be finagling
you will be finagling
they will be finagling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been finagling
you have been finagling
he/she/it has been finagling
we have been finagling
you have been finagling
they have been finagling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been finagling
you will have been finagling
he/she/it will have been finagling
we will have been finagling
you will have been finagling
they will have been finagling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been finagling
you had been finagling
he/she/it had been finagling
we had been finagling
you had been finagling
they had been finagling
Conditional
I would finagle
you would finagle
he/she/it would finagle
we would finagle
you would finagle
they would finagle
Past Conditional
I would have finagled
you would have finagled
he/she/it would have finagled
we would have finagled
you would have finagled
they would have finagled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.finagle - achieve something by means of trickery or devious methodsfinagle - achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
achieve, attain, accomplish, reach - to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"

finagle

verb
1. Informal. To make, achieve, or get through contrivance or guile:
Informal: wangle.
2. Informal. To take clever or cunning steps to achieve one's goals:
Idiom: pull strings.
Translations
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finagle

vt (inf)deichseln (inf); to finagle something out of somebodyjdm etw abluchsen; to finagle one’s way out of somethingsich aus einer Sache herausmogeln
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