Informal to get, arrange, or maneuver by cleverness, persuasion, etc., or esp. by craftiness, trickery, etc.
Origin of finagle; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
to use craftiness, trickery, etc.
verbfi·na·gled, fi·na·gling, fi·na·gles
- 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.
- To cheat; swindle: shady stockbrokers who finagle their clients out of fortunes.
To use clever or deceitful means to obtain or achieve something.
Origin of finagleProbably from dialectal fainaigue, to cheat.
(third-person singular simple present finagles, present participle finagling, simple past and past participle finagled)