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Meaning of CHICANE

Pronunciation:  shi'keyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a movable barrier used in motor racing; sometimes place before a dangerous corner to reduce speed as cars pass in single file
  2. [v]  raise trivial objections
  3. [v]  defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit

CHICANE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: carp, cavil, cheat, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft
 See Also: beat, beat out, crush, movable barrier, object, shell, trounce, vanquish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.]
    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.
          To shuffle from them by chicane.         --Burke.
          To cut short this chicane, I propound it fairly to your
          own conscience.                          --Berkeley.
  2. \Chi*cane"\, v. i. [Cf. F. chicaner. See {Chicane}, n.]
    To use shifts, cavils, or artifices. --Burke.
  3. \Chi*cane"\, n. (Card playing)
    In bridge, the holding of a hand without trumps, or the hand
    itself. It counts as simple honors.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: 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