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chicane

Syllabification: chi·cane
Pronunciation: /SHiˈkān, CHi-
 
/

Definition of chicane in English:

noun

1An artificial narrowing or turn on a road or auto-racing course.
Example sentences
  • During the first lap, we encounter a very narrow chicane that all the drivers confront at high velocity and together as a group.
  • The bulge in question is an artificial chicane that highways engineers have placed outside the village cemetery.
  • At that point the only way they would condone it would be if Turn 13 was slowed down through the use of some sort of chicane.
2 dated (In card games) a hand without cards of one particular suit; a void.
Example sentences
  • With an average hand containing a chicane, an ace, and some low trumps, lead the ace followed by a low card of the same suit.
3 archaic Chicanery.

verb

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1.1 [with object] Deceive or trick (someone).

Origin

late 17th century (in the senses 'chicanery' and 'use chicanery'): from French chicane (noun), chicaner (verb) 'quibble', of unknown origin.

More
  • A chicane describes a sharp double bend forming an obstacle on a motor racing track; it is also an old word for chicanery (late 16th century) ‘trickery’. The origin is the French noun chicane, and verb chicaner ‘quibble’, but earlier details are unknown.

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