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English Dictionary: chicane by the DICT Development Group
4 results for chicane
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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)
    Synonym(s): trickery, chicanery, chicane, guile, wile, shenanigan
  1. defeat someone through trickery or deceit [syn: cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey]
  2. raise trivial objections
    Synonym(s): cavil, carp, chicane
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Chicane \Chi*cane"\, n. (Card playing)
      In bridge, the holding of a hand without trumps, or the hand
      itself. It counts as simple honors.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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[be]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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Chicane \Chi*cane"\, v. i. [Cf. F. chicaner. See {Chicane}, n.]
      To use shifts, cavils, or artifices. --Burke.
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