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Chicane  n.  
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. "To shuffle from them by chicane." "To cut short this chicane, I propound it fairly to your own conscience."
(Card playing) In bridge, the holding of a hand without trumps, or the hand itself. It counts as simple honors.

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"Chicane" Quotes from Famous Books

... been the Emperor's most obsequious and useful allies, obeying his behests without a question: for their degradation there was no plea either of expediency or of a right secured by conquest. The extinction of what still ranked as a great royal house was accomplished by chicane, was due to a boundless ambition, and was rendered utterly abhorrent to all divine-right dynasties by the specious pretext of reform under which it was accomplished. This gave Francis food ...
— The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte - Vol. III. (of IV.) • William Milligan Sloane

... money, the parent of sloth, frauds, and chicane, king Asychis made a very judicious law.(331) The wisest and best regulated states, as Athens and Rome, ever found insuperable difficulties, in contriving a just medium, to restrain, on one hand, the cruelty of the creditor in the exaction of his loan; and on the other, the knavery of the debtor, ...
— The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, • Charles Rollin

... assumed. One of the primal instincts of Cowperwood's nature—for all his chicane and subtlety—was to take no rough advantage of a beaten enemy. In the hour of victory he was always courteous, bland, gentle, and even sympathetic; he was so to-day, and ...
— The Titan • Theodore Dreiser

... expressly given to Eumenes; and it was not difficult to see that Eumenes received possessions in Europe, simply that he might in case of need keep not only Asia but Macedonia in check. The exasperation of the proud and in many respects chivalrous king was natural; it was not chicane, however, but an unavoidable political necessity that induced the Romans to take this course. Macedonia suffered for having once been a power of the first rank, and for having waged war on equal terms with Rome; there was much better reason ...
— The History of Rome (Volumes 1-5) • Theodor Mommsen

... state of affairs required his presence. The death of that victorious monarch happened before Richemont's return; and this prince pretended that, as his word was given personally to Henry V., he was not bound to fulfil it towards his son and successor; a chicane which the regent, as he could not force him to compliance, deemed it prudent to overlook. An interview was settled at Amiens between the dukes of Bedford, Burgundy, and Brittany, at which the count of Richemont ...
— The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part B. - From Henry III. to Richard III. • David Hume

Words linked to "Chicane" :   beat, object, dissimulation, dupery, cheat, carp, chicanery, fraudulence, humbug, beat out, bridge hand, deception, put-on, shell, vanquish, shaft, hoax, jockey, crush, trickery, deceit, fraud, trounce, chouse, dissembling, jugglery, shenanigan, cavil, screw

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