verb (used with object)
1. to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by ‘out of’)
2. to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation
verb (used without object)
3. to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
wangle, diddle, arrange, negotiate, bargain
Origin: 1925–30, Americanism
Other variants include:
fai·naigue: (British dialect) to shirk or evade work or responsibility.
fenangle: To arrange something after a lengthy or complicated period of negotiation.
As used in Sliver of Truth:
‘When Ace and I were kids this room was strictly forbidden unless there was adult supervision, so naturally I had always been fascinated by it. I was forever trying to fenagle an invitation in, as if spending time in there with my father would signal my becoming a grown-up.’
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