wangle definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb wangled, wangling
- to get, make, or bring about by persuasion, influence, adroit manipulation, contrivance, etc.
- to manipulate or change (statistics, accounts, etc.) for a selfish or dishonest purpose; falsify; juggle
- to wiggle or wriggle
Origin: altered ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps waggle
- to make use of contrivance, adroit manipulation, or tricky and indirect methods in order to achieve one's aims
- to wriggle, as out of a difficult situation
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- wangler noun
wangle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb wan·gled, wan·gling, wan·gles Informal verb, transitive
- To make, achieve, or get by contrivance: wangled a job for which she had no training.
- To manipulate or juggle, especially fraudulently.
- To extricate (oneself) from difficulty.
- To use indirect, tricky, or fraudulent methods.
- To extricate oneself by subtle or indirect means, as from difficulty; wriggle.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- wangˈle noun
- wangˈler noun