chicanery chicanery  /ʃɪ ˈkeɪ nə ri/


  • (n) the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)



  1. It was not until weeks after the performance, when the manager saw the show on TV, that he began to suspect chicanery.
  2. The chicanery of the lawyer left his client penniless and with an additional lawsuit to defend.
  3. As George's bank balance evaporated, he realized the chicanery of the Internet trickster.


  • Miley closer to becoming next W.Va. House speaker

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Barring any last minute chicanery or changes of heart, Delegate Tim Miley will become the next speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates. The race to succeed Speaker Rick Thompson, which started out with about a hal...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Charleston Gazette

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  1. "There is no place for chicanery at a time of war," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. "Even some of the president's most strident opponents know that. They know that the only vote that truly matters in a vote on...
    on Feb 16, 2007 By: Mitch McConnell Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Speaking to reporters on Monday night, Mr. Paterson said that the Legislature had "presented us with a series of bills that have the same gimmicks, chicanery and avoidant conduct that has characterized fiscal management in this state for far too...
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: David Paterson Source: New York Times

  3. The commission's Chief Counsel Ferdinand Pecora said; "Legal chicanery and pitch darkness were the banker's stoutest allies."
    on Mar 27, 2009 By: Ferdinand Pecora Source: Pacific Free Press

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