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Examples of wangle in a Sentence
He wangled a free ticket to the show.
He managed to wangle his way into the party.
Recent Examples of wangle from the Web
And Begbie (Robert Carlyle) — whose drug of choice has always been violence — has just wangled an appropriately bloody escape from prison.
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Wangle, a verb of uncertain origin, has been used in its newest sense, "to obtain by sly methods," since at least the early 20th century. Occasionally, one sees "wrangle" used similarly, as in "wrangle a huge salary," but more typically it means "to argue or engage in controversy." Did the "obtain" sense of "wrangle" evolve through confusion with "wangle"? Not exactly. "Wrangle" was used with the meaning "to obtain by arguing or bargaining" as early as 1624, long before "wangle" appeared in the language. The sense had all but disappeared until recent decades, however, and its revival may very well have been influenced by "wangle." The "obtain" sense of "wangle" is currently more common than that of "wrangle," but both are considered standard.
Origin and Etymology of wangle
perhaps alteration of waggle
First Known Use: 1888See Words from the same year
WANGLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wangle for English Language Learners
: to get (something) by clever methods or by persuading someone
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