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Synonyms for finagle

to make, achieve, or get through contrivance or guile

to take clever or cunning steps to achieve one's goals

Synonyms for finagle

achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

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After being told he was too old to fly, Rickenbacker finagled his way into becoming the personal driver for General John J.
TEPCO finagled the government inspection to make it appear that the pump was working normally, and the reactor was kept in operation after the inspection.
As for the lunch with Eleanor Roosevelt, Rattner, living in New York City at the time, finagled that encounter - all to impress a girl he was sweet on - by writing to the first lady and asking to spend the night at the White House.
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.
There are a whole slew of slang words such as chill, dork, wuss, 24/7, and even butthead that have finagled their way into the fourth edition of the American Heritage College Dictionary.
When one Fleet Street broadsheet was forced to admit none of its vast legions of senior, non-union executives had ever mastered shorthand, or typing, or the rudiments of English and had finagled their way to the top thanks to an ability to drink a litre of brandy while quoting Dashiell Hammett, the game was up.
George McDougall finagled a grant to the island from King George III, no less, McDougall built a house for his family and cleared some of the timberland.
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.
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.
Donald Trump, who wooed Yokoi with plans for a Trump Tower Tokyo and finagled a share in the landmark's ownership, and his nemesis, Leona Helmsley, who held a -- share in the landmark's lease.
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.