Variant of wheedle
- to influence or persuade (a person) by flattery, soothing words, coaxing, etc.
- to get (something) by coaxing or flattery
Origin: 17th-c. cant from uncertain or unknown; perhaps German wedeln, to wag the tail, fan, hence to flatter from wedel, a fan, tail
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