from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make, achieve, or get by contrivance: wangled a job for which she had no training.
- transitive v. To manipulate or juggle, especially fraudulently.
- transitive v. To extricate (oneself) from difficulty.
- intransitive v. To use indirect, tricky, or fraudulent methods.
- intransitive v. To extricate oneself by subtle or indirect means, as from difficulty; wriggle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To obtain through manipulative or deceitful methods.
- v. To falsify, as records.
- v. To achieve through contrivance or cajolery.
- n. The act of wangling
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
- v. achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
- v. tamper, with the purpose of deception
"The Sunday schools must try to 'wangle' -- that was, a project their in-to 'wangle' -- that was, to project their in-enlarged task, and attempt to do what seemed impossible."
He never did a stroke of work that he could possibly "wangle" out of.
"I should have to 'wangle' a good deal more than that," -- harshly.
We are going to be married the first moment he can get leave again -- and I shall 'wangle' him into being a 'red tab' -- he has fought enough. "
Fraud hunters are most incensed by people who publicize fictitious exploits in the media or use them to get elected, promoted or wangle undeserved veterans 'benefits.
If you decide on Rome, try to wangle a little extra time for Florence/Firenze and surrounding towns (Assisi, Siena, etc.).
You can imagine "Mad Men's" Betty Draper taking pride in being able to wangle a basic conversation in French.
She found him some clothes to wear and even managed to wangle the use of a jeep.
The film was great, may even go to watch it again if I can wangle a leave pass.
“After seventeen years, you do finally wangle a pet into our midst, and it turns out to be a complete fixer-upper.”