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Examples of wheedle in a Sentence
He wheedled quite a bit of money from her.
She pleaded and wheedled, but I wouldn't be swayed.
Recent Examples of wheedle from the Web
Jordan begged and wheedled and cajoled to get his grandmother to part with the recipe.
These are the result of ancient viruses that wheedled their way into our DNA, stayed there, and copied themselves again and again.
Belle was both, often within the same encounter, wheedling information out of Union officers while wearing Confederate garb, often to comic effect.
Mr. Trump can use the megaphone of social media without having to wheedle gossip writers first.
On the inside, Abraham wheedled and cajoled his fellow Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.
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wheedle Comes Up Often in Literature
Wheedle has been a part of the English lexicon since the mid-17th century, though no one is quite sure how the word made its way into English. (It has been suggested that the term may have derived from an Old English word that meant "to beg," but this is far from certain.) Once established in the language, however, wheedle became a favorite of some of the language's most illustrious writers. Wheedle and related forms appear in the writings of Wordsworth, Dickens, Kipling, Dryden, Swift, Scott, Tennyson, and Pope, among others.
Origin and Etymology of wheedle
First Known Use: circa 1661See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of wheedle
WHEEDLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wheedle for English Language Learners
: to persuade someone to do something or to give you something by saying nice things
WHEEDLE Defined for Kids
Definition of wheedle for Students
1 : to get (someone) to think or act a certain way by flattering : coax “You're such a good cook, you make dinner,” she wheedled.
2 : to gain or get by coaxing or flattering He's trying to wheedle money out of them.
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