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Definition of wangle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

wangle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈwæŋɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæŋɡl//
 
(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wangle
BrE BrE//ˈwæŋɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæŋɡl//
 
he / she / it wangles
BrE BrE//ˈwæŋɡlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæŋɡlz//
 
past simple wangled
BrE BrE//ˈwæŋɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæŋɡld//
 
past participle wangled
BrE BrE//ˈwæŋɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæŋɡld//
 
-ing form wangling
BrE BrE//ˈwæŋɡlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwæŋɡlɪŋ//
 
 
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to get something that you or another person wants by persuading somebody or by a clever plan wangle something She had wangled an invitation to the opening night. We should be able to wangle it so that you can start tomorrow. He managed to wangle his way onto the course. wangle something from/out of somebody I'll try to wangle some money out of my parents. wangle somebody something He had wangled her a seat on the plane. Word Origin late 19th cent. (first recorded as printers' slang): of unknown origin; perhaps based on the verb waggle.
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