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wangle

[wang-guh l] /ˈwæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), wangled, wangling.
1.
to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods:
to wangle an invitation.
2.
to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends:
to wangle business records.
verb (used without object), wangled, wangling.
3.
to use contrivance, scheming, or underhand methods to obtain some goal or result.
4.
to manipulate something for dishonest ends.
noun
5.
an act or instance of wangling.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; blend of wag (the tongue) and dangle (about someone, i.e., hang around someone, court someone's favor)
Related forms
wangler, noun
Can be confused
wangle, wrangle.
Synonyms
1. maneuver, finagle, engineer, wheedle.
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British Dictionary definitions for wangles

wangle

/ˈwæŋɡəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to use devious or illicit methods to get or achieve (something) for (oneself or another): he wangled himself a salary increase
2.
to manipulate or falsify (a situation, action, etc)
noun
3.
the act or an instance of wangling
Derived Forms
wangler, noun
Word Origin
C19: originally printers' slang, perhaps a blend of waggle and dialect wankle wavering, from Old English wancol; compare Old High German wankōn to waver
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Word Origin and History for wangles

wangle

v.

"obtain something by trickery," 1888, originally British printer's slang for "fake by manipulation;" perhaps an alteration of waggle, or of wankle (now dialectal) "unsteady, fickle," from Old English wancol (see wench). Brought into wider use by World War I soldiers.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wangles

wangle

noun

: made a precise science out of the wangle

verb

To get or arrange by shrewd maneuvering; contrive cunningly: President Truman has given Ching a free hand in trying to wangle agreements (1880s+ British printers' slang)

[origin unknown; perhaps a form of waggle, ''overcome, get the better of''; popularized by WWI soldiers]


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