Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To obtain or achieve by cleverness or deceit, especially in persuading someone.
  • intransitive verb To cheat; swindle.
  • intransitive verb To use clever or deceitful means to obtain or achieve something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb to achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods.

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  • verb transitive To obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect and usually deceitful methods.
  • verb transitive, intransitive To cheat or swindle; to use crafty, deceitful methods. (often with "out of" preceding the object)

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  • verb achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from dialectal fainaigue, to cheat.]

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Americanism from the 1920s, perhaps combining an alteration of fainaigue ("to renege") with the suffix +‎ -le (“frequentive”); compare haggle.

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  • this is a great word. Just saying it cheers you up

    April 19, 2007