Definitions for: Chicane

[n] a movable barrier used in motor racing; sometimes place before a dangerous corner to reduce speed as cars pass in single file
[v] raise trivial objections
[v] defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
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.

Chi*cane", v. i. [Cf. F. chicaner. See Chicane, n.]
To use shifts, cavils, or artifices. --Burke.

Chi*cane", n. (Card playing)
In bridge, the holding of a hand without trumps, or the hand
itself. It counts as simple honors.

Synonyms: carp, cavil, cheat, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft

See Also: beat, beat out, crush, movable barrier, object, shell, trounce, vanquish

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