chicaner

chicane

[shi-keyn, chi-]
noun
1.
deception; chicanery.
verb (used with object), chicaned, chicaning.
2.
to trick by chicanery.
3.
to quibble over; cavil at.

Origin:
1665–75; < French chicane (noun), chicaner (v.), perhaps < Middle Low German schikken to arrange

chicaner, noun
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chicane (ʃɪˈkeɪn)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  (tr) to deceive or trick by chicanery
5.  (tr) to quibble about; cavil over
6.  (intr) to use tricks or chicanery
 
[C17: from French chicaner to quibble, of obscure origin]
 
chi'caner
 
n

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chicane
in various senses, "obstacles on a roadway" (20c.), also a term in bridge, apparently all ult. from verb chicane (c.1672), from Fr. chicaner "to pettifog, quibble" (15c., see chicanery).
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