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  • n. A person who finagles; a cheat or swindler

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a deceiver who uses crafty misleading methods

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Examples

  • The play, written by Rattigan in 1963, takes place on an autumn evening in 1934 as Gregor Antonescu ( Frank Langella ), a finagler on the brink of economic collapse and arrest, visits the Greenwich Village apartment of his son, Basil (Adam Driver), for one last-ditch, furtive business meeting to save his own hide.

    A Drama of Vice and Men

  • Funny how that conservative computer guru who was Roves data finagler happened to die in a plane crash the very day before he was subpeonaed to testify ...

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  • A finagler is one who knows the ins and outs of power brokerage and favor exchange, who finds ways to exploit the weaknesses of others, who knows how to use indirection to gain leverage and win some small but useful advantage.

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  • STEIGER: To my mind, this guy has a great art collection, he's versed in everything and he had to be a finagler because somehow he kept his life fairly free within that kind of government.

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  • And you make Grandpa sound like a finagler and a gambler.

    Tessie and Pearlie

  • In the 1975 film "Three Days of the Condor" he played another sinister figure - an amoral finagler for a federal spy agency - and got more good notices.

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  • The distasteful saga of Sen. John Ensign, Republican from Nevada, adulterer and financial finagler, has been stuck in a strange state of irresolution since he confessed to an illicit romance with an aide's wife last summer.

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  • It is at this point that you can, if you have a commendable record of servitude and are a particularly canny finagler, persuade the bank to lend you even more money, at an even higher rate, for an even longer period of your godforsaken life.

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  • The chapters mostly alternate between Locke's childhood and apprenticeship as a thief under Father Chains, and Locke as an adult con man, master finagler, and priest of the Crooked Warden.

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  • But the West Virginia Legislature has its own master doohickey finagler in Sen. Walt Helmick.

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