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4 definitions found
 for chicane
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chicane \Chi*cane"\, v. i. [Cf. F. chicaner. See Chicane, n.]
     To use shifts, cavils, or artifices. --Burke.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chicane \Chi*cane"\, n. [F., prob. earlier meaning a dispute,
     orig. in the game of mall (F. mail), fr. LGr. ? the game of
     mall, fr Pers chaug[=a]n club or bat; or possibly ultimated
     fr. L. ciccus a trible.]
     1. The use of artful subterfuge, designed to draw away
        attention from the merits of a case or question; --
        specifically applied to legal proceedings; trickery;
        chicanery; caviling; sophistry. --Prior.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              To shuffle from them by chicane.      --Burke.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              To cut short this chicane, I propound it fairly to
              your own conscience.                  --Berkeley.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Card playing) In bridge, the holding of a hand without
        trumps, or the hand itself. It counts as simple honors.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  chicane
      n 1: a bridge hand that is void of trumps
      2: a movable barrier used in motor racing; sometimes placed
         before a dangerous corner to reduce speed as cars pass in
         single file
      3: the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract
         money from them) [syn: trickery, chicanery, chicane,
         guile, wile, shenanigan]
      v 1: defeat someone through trickery or deceit [syn: cheat,
           chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey]
      2: raise trivial objections [syn: cavil, carp, chicane]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "chicane":
     artifice, bamboozle, befool, cavil, chicanery, dishonesty,
     double-dealing, feint, flimflam, fool, fraud, furtiveness, gambit,
     gull, hanky-panky, hoax, hoodwink, maneuver, ploy, ruse,
     sharp practice, stratagem, surreptitiousness, trick, trickery,
     underhandedness, victimize, wile
  
  

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