chicane

Part of speech: noun

Mean, petty trickery, with fair pretense. chicanery.

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Usage examples "chicane":

  1. It always required considerable address and presence of mind to keep the upper hand of these legal quirk- dealers, these impudent under- strappers, whose whole trade consists in trick and chicane; but I do not recollect ever having been outwitted by any one of them as to the proceedings of a public meeting. - "Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3", Henry Hunt.
  2. The war of chicane was even more deadly than an actual campaign, for when there was no positive fighting the whole world seemed against the Republic. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
  3. They admitted the facts; they admitted everything- economic dependence, chicane, the intention to seize every advantage, ruthless egotism. - "The Roll-Call", Arnold Bennett.