Definition of wangle in English:
- If anyone could have dreamed up an unlikely idea like the Wooden Horse and wangled his way into Troy, he would have.
- Having wangled a job on the support staff - ‘the best grounding I could have had’ - she had daily access to the editors and decision-makers in every title.
- When I was trying to wangle invitations to Washington to talk about this stuff, they would get private investors to hop on a plane and fly to New Haven to see it.
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late 19th century (first recorded as printers' slang): of unknown origin; perhaps based on the verb waggle.
wag from (Middle English):
The sort of wagging done by dogs is from the Old English word wagian ‘to sway’, source also of waggle (late 16th century). Wangle (late 19th century) is first recorded as printers' slang. The origin is unknown but is perhaps based on waggle. Wag meaning ‘a joker’ is a different word, dating from the 16th century, which first meant ‘a mischievous boy or lively young man’, and was often used as a fond name for a child. Showing the grim gallows humour of the times, it probably comes from waghalter, ‘a person likely to be hanged’. In the 2006 World Cup a new meaning of wag suddenly became popular. The WAGs were the Wives and Girlfriends of the England players. The term had already been used in the 2004 European Championship.
- Example sentences
- It was cast by an angler and a wangler, neither of which was within the law.
- We'll take care of all the work for you: your horse will be saddled and ready for each ride, and Jan and our friendly cowgirl wanglers will give you an enjoyable riding experience.
- Our private transportation will take us to the town of Cachora where our mule wanglers, mules and horses are waiting.
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