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noun chi·ca·nery \-ˈkān-rē, -ˈkā-nə-\
1: deception by artful subterfuge or sophistry : trickery
2: a piece of sharp practice (as at law) : trick
He wasn’t above using chicanery to win votes.
To speak at length about trivial matters.
He’d been wittering on about his neighbours for half the morning.
* definition from Merriam-Webster
** definition from Cambridge Dictionary