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finagle

1. To cause something to happen through scheming or deception. How on earth did that lowly intern finagle a meeting with the big TV executive?
2. To scheme or deceive. I don't trust Tom—he's known for his finagling.

fanigle

verb

finagle

and fanigle (fɪˈneglæ and fəˈnɪglæ)
1. in. to plot and plan; to conspire; to arrange (something). He’s pretty good at finagling.
2. tv. to acquire something through conniving. Can I finagle a buck from you?
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The company has tweaked and futzed and finagled with the Expo concept for more than a decade, and it's just now ramping up its expansion plans.
But in 1980 he returned and once again finagled Warner into financing the start-up of a new label, called Geffen Records.
Through union connections, a job was finagled for my father as a stoker on a ship leaving for the United States.
Yet as a young congressional aide in 1970, this "would-be priest" failed to report to federal prosecutors what Jackson terms a $500 "bribe attempt" by a lobbyist, because "he didn't want to stir a scandal." (Coelho did, however, return the $500.) Years later, as a congressman, the "would-be priest" also readily accepted a free ride in Philip Morris's jet aircraft, and finagled campaign contributions from business interests, occasionally in the most heavy-handed manner.
When he needed Band-Aids, he finagled a handful when he went to the doctor (and also asked for pharmaceutical samples).
"I went down to Carolco Studios (in North Carolina), finagled my way past the guard and unknowingly walked into a casting director's office," he recalls.
Instead of working in a museum in Boston so she can be close to her boyfriend, Garrett, she is heading south with Dev, who has finagled a spot alongside the Fifteenth Alabama selling nineteenth-century costumes to reenactor's wives.
And the restroom, for the record, does not leak, says Jake Risley, the parks planner who finagled federal funding for the latest project on Siltcoos Lake.
While in office, Rubin finagled bailouts for Russia, Mexico, and other problem nations.
Here is the list of the lukewarm random dudes that finagled their way into the mission:
I recently read an editorial in my learned local newspaper, the Sacramento Bee, roundly denouncing the undeserved antitrust exemption finagled lo these many years by Major League Baseball.
Capon noted that Thanksgiving "is the only nationwide festival we have that still involves honest and considerable 'sit-down eating.' It is the perfect holiday, superior to all other federally finagled four-day weekends.'' He noted that "other holidays are ...
A genial slacker, a private investigator and a femme fatale join forces to rescue a kidnapped holy man in Avi Nesher's engagingly helmed "The Wonders" an unusual dramedy that offers a stylish and amusing rift on "Chinatown" by way of "Alice in Wonderland." But on another level, it provides ripped-from-the-headlines commentary on the messianic cults that misuse the millions of shekels finagled from their followers, as well as the appeal of religion as a panacea for lost souls searching for something to believe in.
And he enthuses that the actress finagled "a very muted role" of "one of the least demonstrative human beings on the planet (who) for all we know has never raised her voice to anyone, except maybe to the dogs."