Definition of finagle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

finagle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fɪˈneɪɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈneɪɡl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they finagle
BrE BrE//fɪˈneɪɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈneɪɡl//
 
he / she / it finagles
BrE BrE//fɪˈneɪɡlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈneɪɡlz//
 
past simple finagled
BrE BrE//fɪˈneɪɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈneɪɡld//
 
past participle finagled
BrE BrE//fɪˈneɪɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈneɪɡld//
 
-ing form finagling
BrE BrE//fɪˈneɪɡlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈneɪɡlɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] finagle (something) (informal, especially North American English) to behave dishonestly or to obtain something dishonestly He finagled some tickets for tonight's big game. Word Origin 1920s (originally US): from dialect fainaigue ‘cheat’; perhaps from Old French fornier ‘deny’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: finagle