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[wang-guh l] /ˈwæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), wangled, wangling.
to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods:
to wangle an invitation.
to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends:
to wangle business records.
verb (used without object), wangled, wangling.
to use contrivance, scheming, or underhand methods to obtain some goal or result.
to manipulate something for dishonest ends.
an act or instance of wangling.
Origin of wangle
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.
1. maneuver, finagle, engineer, wheedle. Unabridged
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  • Still, he thought that he could wangle him another chance.
  • Those who were primed with power were more likely to lie about their scores to wangle extra tickets.
British Dictionary definitions for wangle


(transitive) to use devious or illicit methods to get or achieve (something) for (oneself or another): he wangled himself a salary increase
to manipulate or falsify (a situation, action, etc)
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 wangle

"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 wangle

wang chung

noun phrase

Going out on the town; going out to have fun

[1983+; fr song ''Everybody Wang Chung Tonight'' by the British group Wang Chung]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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