from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To obtain or achieve by indirect, usually deceitful methods: finagle a day off from work.
- transitive v. To cheat; swindle: shady stockbrokers who finagle their clients out of fortunes.
- intransitive v. To use crafty, deceitful methods.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect and usually deceitful methods.
- v. To cheat or swindle; to use crafty, deceitful methods. (often with "out of" preceding the object)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. to achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
Probably from dialectal fainaigue, to cheat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Americanism from the 1920s, perhaps combining an alteration of fainaigue ("to renege") with the suffix + -le (“frequentive”); compare haggle. (Wiktionary)