Definition of Finagle

1. Verb. Achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods.

Exact synonyms: Manage, Wangle
Generic synonyms: Accomplish, Achieve, Attain, Reach
Derivative terms: Finagler, Wangle, Wangler, Wangling



Definition of Finagle

1. Verb. (transitive) To obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect and usually deceitful methods. ¹

2. Verb. (ambitransitive) To cheat or swindle; to use crafty, deceitful methods. (often with "out of" preceding the object) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Finagle

1. to obtain by trickery [v -GLED, -GLING, -GLES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Finagle

fimbrioplasty
fimbriæ
fimetic
fimicolous
fin
fin-de-siecle
fin-foot
fin-footed
fin-toed
fin de siecle
fin de siècle
fin keel
fin whale
fin whales
finable
finagle (current term)
finagled
finagler
finaglers
finagles
finagling
finaglings
final
final account
final approach
final curtain
final cut
final decision
final decree
final drive

Literary usage of Finagle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups by Harvey Daniels (2002)
"Obviously, in order to get groups of decent size, teachers will have to do more than massage—they may have to negotiate, cajole, finagle, ..."

2. Abandoned to the State: Cruelty and Neglect in Russian Orphanages by Kathleen Hunt (1999)
"So they could finagle more money for the place. m Another baby house director told Human Rights Watch, however, that the subsidy does represent the greater ..."

3. Divine Providence by Emanuel Swedenborg (2003)
"They find a constant pleasure in pondering, thinking, reflecting, and intending ways to bend, turn, adapt, and finagle the legal system so that their ..."

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