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Chi*cane" (?), n. [F., prob. earlier meaning a dispute, orig. in the game of mall (F. mail), fr. LGr. &unr_; the game of mall, fr Pers chaug&ā;n club or bat; or possibly ultimated fr. L. ciccus a trible.] 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. Prior.
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. [Cf. F. chicaner. See Chicane, n.] To use shifts, cavils, or artifices. Burke.