Definition of wangle in English:

wangle

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transitive verb

[with object] informal
  • Manage to obtain (something) by persuading or cleverly manipulating someone.

    • ‘I wangled an invitation to her party’
    • ‘I think we should be able to wangle it so that you can start tomorrow’
    contrive, manipulate, manoeuvre, engineer, devise, orchestrate, fix, arrange, direct, conduct, handle, work, pull off, scheme, plot
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Pronunciation

wangle

/ˈwaNGɡəl/ /ˈwæŋɡəl/

noun

informal
  • An act or an instance of obtaining something by persuasion or clever manipulation.

    • ‘a rather clever wangle on the part of some of the folk at the office’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

wangle

/ˈwaNGɡəl/ /ˈwæŋɡəl/

Origin

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