[hweed-l, weed-l]
verb (used with object), wheedled, wheedling.
to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts: We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent.
to persuade (a person) by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her.
to obtain (something) by artful persuasions: I wheedled a new car out of my father.
verb (used without object), wheedled, wheedling.
to use beguiling or artful persuasions: I always wheedle if I really need something.

1655–65; origin uncertain

wheedler, noun
wheedlingly, adverb
unwheedled, adjective

1. flatter, cajole. 2, 3. coax, beguile, inveigle.
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wheedle (ˈwiːdəl)
1.  to persuade or try to persuade (someone) by coaxing words, flattery, etc
2.  (tr) to obtain by coaxing and flattery: she wheedled some money out of her father
[C17: perhaps from German wedeln to wag one's tail, from Old High German wedil, wadil tail]

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Word Origin & History

"to influence by flattery," 1661, perhaps connected with O.E. wædlian "to beg" (from wædl "poverty"), or borrowed by Eng. soldiers in the 17c. German wars from Ger. wedeln "wag the tail," hence "fawn, flatter" (cf. adulation).
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Example sentences
The more impersonal the process, the better for you and for the student, who
  learns that bureaucracies can't be wheedled.
Thieves and officials-often indistinguishable-stole, demanded or wheedled money
  or goods from the bewildered traveller.
The bad guys must be wheedled from office, or tempted to give up their guns.
He had to be clutching a solitary buck, which he had wheedled from his budget
  by going without butter for a week.
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