Definition of wangle in English:

wangle

Line breaks: wan¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈwaŋɡ(ə)l
 
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informal

verb

[with object]
Manage to obtain (something) by persuading or cleverly manipulating someone: I wangled an invitation to her flat I think we should be able to wangle it so that you can start tomorrow
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
contrive, manipulate, manoeuvre, engineer, devise, orchestrate, fix, arrange, direct, conduct, handle, work, pull off, scheme, plot;
acquire, attain, achieve, bring about, net, win, grab, hook
informal fiddle, finagle, swing

noun

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An act or an instance of obtaining something by persuasion or clever manipulation: they regarded the coalition as a wangle
More example sentences
  • One Labour MP hinted that Smith's case was a wangle, and mentioned other sportsmen and celebrities who had returned home quickly after call-up.

Origin

late 19th century (first recorded as printers' slang): of unknown origin; perhaps based on the verb waggle.

Derivatives

wangler

noun
More 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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