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American English: /ˈ(h)widl/
British English: /ˈwiːd(ə)l/

Translation of wheedle in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (coax, flatter) See examples:to wheedle something out of somebody
    sonsacarle algo a alguien
    she wheedled the money out of him
    le sonsacó el dinero
    lo cameló para que le diera el dinero (Spain) [colloquial]
    to wheedle somebody into -ingshe wheedled me into going with her
    me engatusó or (in Spain also) cameló para que lo acompañara [colloquial]
    to wheedle one's way into somebody's affection/confidence
    conquistarse a alguien/ganarse la confianza de alguien a base de halagos
    also: wheedling present participle
    Example sentences
    • But then, 10 minutes later, he's still needling and wheedling so convincingly you start to flip-flop back to the earlier assumption that, self-effusing pretence or not, Alan Davies hates having his picture taken.
    • The film-makers were busy on the lot or on location, but our producers, like Jacob, stayed in the tents, free to wheedle, convince and extort position from and in the studio system.
    • With the new cameras will come no mercy, no human face to wheedle, cajole, or insult.

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