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.

1810–20; blend of wag (the tongue) and dangle (about someone, i.e., hang around someone, court someone's favor)

wangler, noun

wangle, wrangle.

1. maneuver, finagle, engineer, wheedle. Unabridged
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wangle (ˈwæŋɡəl)
1.  (tr) 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)
3.  the act or an instance of wangling
[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 & History

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