Figure

Fig"ure

, v. i. 1. To make a figure; to be distinguished or conspicious; as, the envoy figured at court.
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Sociable, hospitable, eloquent, admired, figuring away brilliantly.
M. Arnold.
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2. To calculate; to contrive; to scheme; as, he is figuring to secure the nomination. [Colloq.]
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go figure a phrase used by itself as an interjection to mean "How can one explain that?", or to express puzzlement over some seeming contradiction. [Colloq.]
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