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Definition of "chicane" [chi•cane]

  • To resort to tricks or subterfuges; use chicanery. (verb-intransitive)
  • To trick; deceive. (verb-transitive)
  • Chicanery. (noun)
  • Games A bridge or whist hand without trumps. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chicane" in a sentence
  • "That other honour to our profession, Roker, is well versed in chicane, and knows more of the law, or rather of its abuse, than an honest man would wish to know; but Fisherton is so ignorant that, while his lavish expences continually reduce him to necessities that drive him into bold attempts at robbery, his skill in managing them is so inferior that he is almost always baffled, and has been more than once exposed. '"
  • "Surely Kimi was under no obligation to make room for the McLaren (and he didn't), so cutting the chicane was the only sensible option."
  • "There are also scores for holding no trumps ( "chicane"), and for winning all the tricks or all but one ( "slam")."