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Finagle

July 31, 2021

finagle

Can be adapted to also become a noun: finagler

Definition: to use dishonest methods to achieve a goal or to plan out usually with subtle skill or care

Etymology: American English slang. From Old English word fainaigue, which means “cheat.”

First known use in 1922, American Dialect Society’s Dialect Notes:

“One who stalls until someone else pays the check.”

In a Sentence

Let me see if I can finagle my schedule to squeeze you in.

I will finagle the budget to pay for the car bill.

 After lying to the guard, the girl was able to finagle herself backstage of the concert.

The boy finagled himself a piece of candy by telling his Dad he had already eaten dinner.

How the heck did Chad finagle a front-row seat to the Guns and Roses concert?

3 Comments

  1. Kat

    My husbands name is Chad and we’re laughing so hard right now at the finagle example of Chad.

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  2. Kat

    My husbands name is Chad and we’re laughing so hard right now at the finagle example of Chad. Chad is 6’6 and we never sit in the front row.

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  3. Lori Rhein

    Love this word!! Most younger people are not familiar with it.

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