Pronunciation: (fi-nā'gul), [key]
—v., -gled, -gling.
1. to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often fol. 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.
to practice deception or fraud; scheme. Also,fenagle.
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