verb (used with object), finagled, finagling.
to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of ): He finagled the backers out of a fortune.
to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation: to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee.
verb (used without object), finagled, finagling.
to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
Also, fenagle.

1925–30, Americanism; finaig- (variant of fainaigue) + -le

finagler, noun Unabridged
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finagle (fɪˈneɪɡəl)
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]

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Word Origin & History

1926, Amer.Eng., possibly a variant of English dial. fuinaigue "to cheat or renege" (at cards), of unknown origin. Related: Finagled; finagling.
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Example sentences
It gives owners and general managers a legal excuse not to finagle.
So, adjuncts might consider trying to finagle the perks in this category from
  outside sources.
Finagle the laws to get oneself elected permanently.
Lewis was able to finagle some personalized extras into the grid.
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