transitive verb[with object] informal
Manage to obtain (something) by persuading or cleverly manipulating someone.
contrive, manipulate, manoeuvre, engineer, devise, orchestrate, fix, arrange, direct, conduct, handle, work, pull off, scheme, plotView synonyms
- ‘I wangled an invitation to her party’
- ‘I think we should be able to wangle it so that you can start tomorrow’
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.’
Late 19th century (first recorded as printers' slang): of unknown origin; perhaps based on the verb waggle.