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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.]

fi·na′gler n.
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the use of trickery or craftiness to achieve one's aims
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you may find out here all about "the most expensive Tsumeb specimen known." While Gebhard is respectful of all who have saved, handled and cherished Tsumeb specimens, this section's subtext is its wicked delight in close-up descriptions of all manner of byzantine, avaricious finaglings, machinations and scams - I especially like (?) a dealer's remark, as quoted here, upon the discovery of leiteite, that, as the mineral has a perfect cleavage, rendering crystals eminently splittable, it's "a specimen-producing mineral, perfect for business."