- to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods: to wangle an invitation.
- to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends: to wangle business records.
- to use contrivance, scheming, or underhand methods to obtain some goal or result.
- to manipulate something for dishonest ends.
- an act or instance of wangling.
Origin of wangle
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1. maneuver, finagle, engineer, wheedle.
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Examples from the Web for wangle
He never did a stroke of work that he could possibly "wangle" out of.Life in a Tank
But you've not managed badly to wangle a 'second', have you, Snowy and Daddles?Loyal to the School
I said, feeling bewildered, and flurried, and amused all at once: "What is 'wangle'?"Miss Million's Maid
I don't believe it's allowed, but he's sure to be able to wangle it.The Secret Battle
A. P. Herbert
The men keep an eye on the watches and "wangle" for the last second.A Yankee in the Trenches
R. Derby Holmes
- (tr) to use devious or illicit methods to get or achieve (something) for (oneself or another)he wangled himself a salary increase
- to manipulate or falsify (a situation, action, etc)
- the act or an instance of wangling
C19: originally printers' slang, perhaps a blend of waggle and dialect wankle wavering, from Old English wancol; compare Old High German wankōn to waver
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Word Origin and History for wangle
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