chi·cane /ʃɪˈken, ʧɪ-/
1. 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. --Burke.
To cut short this chicane, I propound it fairly to your own conscience. --Berkeley.
2. Card playing In bridge, the holding of a hand without trumps, or the hand itself. It counts as simple honors.
Chi·cane, v. i. To use shifts, cavils, or artifices.
n 1: a bridge hand that is void of trumps
2: a movable barrier used in motor racing; sometimes place
before a dangerous corner to reduce speed as cars pass in
3: the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract
money from them) [syn: trickery, chicanery, guile, wile,
v 1: defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
[syn: cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, jockey]
2: raise trivial objections [syn: cavil, carp]