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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

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]


VERB (2)

1. defeat someone through trickery or deceit;
[syn: cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey]

2. raise trivial objections;
[syn: cavil, carp, chicane]


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]
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.]
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]
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