Finagle meaning

fə-nā'gəl
To use clever or deceitful means to obtain or achieve something.
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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.

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To cheat; swindle.

Shady stockbrokers who finagle their clients out of fortunes.

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To get, arrange, or maneuver by cleverness, persuasion, etc., or esp. by craftiness, trickery, etc.
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To use craftiness, trickery, etc.
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To obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect and usually deceitful methods.

...finagle a day off from work.

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(intransitive) To cheat or swindle; to use crafty, deceitful methods. (often with "out of" preceding the object)

...shady stockbrokers who finagle their clients out of fortunes.

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Origin of finagle

  • Probably from dialectal fainaigue to cheat
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Americanism from the 1920s, perhaps combining an alteration of fainaigue (“to renege”) with the suffix +‎ -le (“frequentive”); compare haggle.
    From Wiktionary