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chicane

[shi-keyn, chi-] /ʃɪˈkeɪn, tʃɪ-/
noun
1.
deception; chicanery.
verb (used with object), chicaned, chicaning.
2.
to trick by chicanery.
3.
to quibble over; cavil at.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < French chicane (noun), chicaner (v.), perhaps < Middle Low German schikken to arrange
Related forms
chicaner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chicaner

chicane

/ʃɪˈkeɪn/
noun
1.
a bridge or whist hand without trumps
2.
(motor racing) a short section of sharp narrow bends formed by barriers placed on a motor-racing circuit to provide an additional test of driving skill
3.
a less common word for chicanery
verb
4.
(transitive) to deceive or trick by chicanery
5.
(transitive) to quibble about; cavil over
6.
(intransitive) to use tricks or chicanery
Derived Forms
chicaner, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French chicaner to quibble, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for chicaner

chicane

n.

in English in various senses, including "act of chicanery" (1670s), "obstacles on a roadway" (1955), also a term in bridge (1880s), apparently all ultimately from an archaic verb chicane "to trick" (1670s), from French chicane (16c.), from chicaner "to pettifog, quibble" (15c., see chicanery).

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