wangle

[ wang-guhl ]
/ ˈwæŋ gəl /

verb (used with object), wan·gled, wan·gling.

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.

verb (used without object), wan·gled, wan·gling.

to use contrivance, scheming, or underhand methods to obtain some goal or result.
to manipulate something for dishonest ends.

noun

an act or instance of wangling.

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Origin of wangle

1810–20; blend of wag (the tongue) and dangle (about someone, i.e., hang around someone, court someone's favor)

OTHER WORDS FROM wangle

wangler, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wangle

wangle , wrangle
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British Dictionary definitions for wangle

wangle
/ (ˈwæŋɡəl) informal /

verb

(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)

noun

the act or an instance of wangling

Derived forms of wangle

wangler, noun

Word Origin for wangle

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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