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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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All that Mercredi needed back then was 60 per cent of the vote, and while he had 54 per cent support after the first ballot, it took another two ballots and a lot of backroom finagling to push that support to 60.8 per cent.
Things have been more complex with the Joffrey Ballet, although here, too, after a certain degree of muddle, doubt, and finagling, the reins have been handed over to Arpino, Joffrey's handpicked lieutenant and the cofounder of the company and its school.
Cusack's young enough to think politics should be about the issues - whereas veteran Pacino knows that it's fudging, favours and finagling that get things done.
Obtaining the spectra and images, which Esposito presented at the March 21 press conference, required some unique Hubble maneuvers, as well as some last-minute finagling of its observing schedule.
Fiscal finagling by brokerage or investment bank employees does happen at a rate higher than federal authorities would like, but there are preventive safeguards and punitive remedies that are designed to protect the individual investor.
Told in three parts (revealingly, Books I and III are titled "Smoke" and "Mirrors"), the book chronicles Gray's life from his genuinely wholesome Nebraska roots through thirty years of ceaselessly cultivating political access, from finagling a glorified lackey job in the Eisenhower White House through what amounted to attending the right Beltway parties (Republican, Democratic or Chinese Communist--whiChever might prove useful to present or future clients, who would include the Rev.
The finagling with currency sold at the official rate has become the latest scandal to embroil the regime.
"Anytime you're dealing with that, it takes a little bit of finagling and meetings to get to the common ground."
After finagling an unannounced meeting with the Citizen Kane director and asking for work, Graver became his primary cameraman and friend until Welles' death in 1985.
Pie's comic high point arrives as Little Lama repeatedly interrupts a live performance of traditional Tibetan play "Prince Drime Kunldan" in the village square, finagling to watch more fantasy-action video.
Bush and George Herbert Walker, both of whom launched the Bushes on a path of huge financial gain, war profiteering, international entanglements, and--generation by generation--crony capitalism and political finagling. It is both the great strength and great weakness of the book that Phillips piles on so much detail that a dispassionate reader does not know whether to be dazzled by the argument or paralyzed by it.
Veteran collector Richard Brown Baker ruefully said in 1985 that the reason no work by (insert your own adjectival phrase here) Schnabel resided in his collection was that "By the time I'd heard of him, his paintings were already $80,000." Peripatetic public/private dealer/memoirist Richard Polsky says he remembers non-fair dealers at a late- '80s Chicago Art Fair finagling setup passes so that they could get first peek at art objects being liberated from t heir crates.
There have been seven successive quarters of very sluggish growth, and whatever good economic numbers Reagan can show for five years of trying can be credited to the huge military buildup, not fiscal finagling. The rich are more apt to take back their sheltered funds and keep their tax reform windfalls to themselves than to make long-term capital investments, especially with the repeal of the investment tax credit.
One analyst accused the regime of finagling and said the government statisticians moved Turkey from the developed world to the developing world in order to show the government was shifting its trade patterns to developing countries.