finagled

finagle

[fi-ney-guhl]
verb (used with object), finagled, finagling.
1.
to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed 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 assignment to the Membership Committee.
verb (used without object), finagled, finagling.
3.
to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
Also, fenagle.


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

finagler, noun
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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]
 
fi'nagler
 
n

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finagle
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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finagle definition

[fɪˈneglæ] and [fəˈnɪglæ]
and fanigle
  1. in.
    to plot and plan; to conspire; to arrange (something). : He's pretty good at finagling.
  2. tv.
    to acquire something through conniving. : Can I finagle a buck from you?
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