- Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
- 1823, Charles Lamb, “Popular Fallacies”, in Elia, new edition, London: Edward Moxon, published 1835, →ISBN, page 241:
- They do not always find manors, got by rapine or chicanery, insensibly to melt away, as the poets will have it ; or that all gold glides, like thawing snow, from the theif’s hand that grasps it.
- (countable, law) A slick performance by a lawyer.
deception by use of trickery
A slick performance by a lawyer
- (performance by a lawyer): Philadelphia lawyer
- “chicanery” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.