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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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A light send-up of erotic science fiction fantasies in the heat of summer escapism, Aeros (please note the pun) sends multicolored aliens onstage and finagles a love interest between an apparently human male pilot ISantillano) and a female alien (Rebecca Anderson).
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Spurring his salvation is a gay inmate named Horst, a would-be nurse who stirs Max's dormant heart after Max finagles Horst a mindless job lifting rocks to keep him company.
To learn more about his famous ancestor, Kamran improbably finagles a solo trip to England, where he quizzes the heir (Vanessa Redgrave) of a bookbinder who published a famously lavish edition of the "Rubaiyat."