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wangle

play
verb wan·gle \ˈwaŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of wangle

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

Full Definition of wangle

wan·gledwan·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to resort to trickery or devious methods

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends

  5. 2 :  to make or get by devious means :  finagle <wangle an invitation>

wan·gler play \-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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