verb (wangled; wangling) Etymology: perhaps alteration of waggle Date: 1888 transitive verb to resort to trickery or devious methods intransitive verb 1. to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends 2. to make or get by devious means ; finagle <
wangle an invitation
wangler noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wangle — obtain something by trickery, 1888, originally British printer s slang for fake by manipulation; perhaps an alteration of WAGGLE (Cf. waggle), or of wankle (now dial.) unsteady, fickle, from O.E. wancol (see WENCH (Cf. wench)). Brought into wider …   Etymology dictionary

  • wangle — informal ► VERB ▪ obtain (something desired) by persuading others to comply or by manipulating events. ► NOUN ▪ an instance of obtaining something in such a way. DERIVATIVES wangler noun. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • wangle — [waŋ′gəl] vt. wangled, wangling [altered < ? WAGGLE] Informal 1. to get, make, or bring about by persuasion, influence, adroit manipulation, contrivance, etc. 2. to manipulate or change (statistics, accounts, etc.) for a selfish or dishonest… …   English World dictionary

  • wangle — UK [ˈwæŋɡ(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms wangle : present tense I/you/we/they wangle he/she/it wangles present participle wangling past tense wangled past participle wangled informal to get something by tricking someone or by persuading… …   English dictionary

  • wangle — verb (T) informal to get something, or arrange for something to happen, by cleverly persuading or tricking someone: wangle sth out of sb: In the end she wangled an invitation out of them. | wangle it for sth to happen: I managed to wangle it for… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wangle — v. (colloq.) (C) could you wangle an invitation for me? or: could you wangle me an invitation? * * * [ wæŋg(ə)l] (colloq.) (C) could you wangle an invitation for me? or: could you wangle me an invitation? …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wangle — wan|gle [ wæŋgl ] verb transitive INFORMAL to get something by tricking someone or persuading them in an indirect way: I decided to try and wangle an invitation to her party. It sounds like he s trying to wangle your money from you. We ve managed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wangle — [[t]wæ̱ŋg(ə)l[/t]] wangles, wangling, wangled VERB If you wangle something that you want, you manage to get it by being clever or persuading someone. [INFORMAL] [V n] We managed to wangle a few days leave... [V way prep/adv] He had wangled his… …   English dictionary

  • Wängle — Infobox Ort in Österreich Art = Gemeinde Name = Wängle Wappen = Waooen von Waengle.gif lat deg = 47 | lat min = 29 | lat sec = 13 lon deg = 10 | lon min = 41 | lon sec = 20 Bundesland = Tirol Bezirk = Reutte Höhe = 882 Fläche = 9.34 Einwohner =… …   Wikipedia

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