Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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

    April 19, 2007