verb wan·gle \ˈwaŋ-gəl\

: to get (something) by clever methods or by persuading someone

wan·gledwan·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of WANGLE

intransitive verb
:  to resort to trickery or devious methods
transitive verb
:  to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends
:  to make or get by devious means :  finagle <wangle an invitation>
wan·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of WANGLE

  1. He wangled a free ticket to the show.
  2. He managed to wangle his way into the party.

Origin of WANGLE

perhaps alteration of waggle
First Known Use: 1888


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