Meaning of wangle in English:


Pronunciation /?wa?ɡ(?)l/

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[with object]informal
  • Manage to obtain (something) by persuading or cleverly manipulating someone.

    • ‘I wangled an invitation to her party’
    • ‘I think we should be able to wangle it so that you can start tomorrow’
    • ‘If anyone could have dreamed up an unlikely idea like the Wooden Horse and wangled his way into Troy, he would have.’
    • ‘Having wangled a job on the support staff - ‘the best grounding I could have had’ - she had daily access to the editors and decision-makers in every title.’
    • ‘When I was trying to wangle invitations to Washington to talk about this stuff, they would get private investors to hop on a plane and fly to New Haven to see it.’
    • ‘Will Lola and Ella be able to get to the concert, wangle invitations to Stu's party afterward, and face down Carla?’
    • ‘I wangled a trip to one of its conferences in Miami a few years ago and was bowled over by the quality of access that journalists, members of the public enjoy, to basic public information.’
    • ‘Anjali Sircar, tired of room hunting, asked her distant cousin, Yash, to pretend to be her fiancé and wangled a single room at Khar.’
    • ‘Bannister had wangled a continuance of the trial, but unless he could produce Pike, Hardiman's chances looked slim.’
    • ‘I had to wangle the cheddar cheese away from our other sous-chef, Eric, who was holding onto it for some as-yet-unbooked private party.’
    • ‘When I was younger, I used to wangle my way on to the table most weekends.’
    • ‘The Professor manages to wangle a job as the producer's assistant and is given responsibility for many of the production details.’
    • ‘In Alabama, you must shoot a doe before you wangle a buck permit.’
    • ‘Unless Barrett can wangle an extended stay in Dundee.’
    • ‘So if you're determined to land a tutor, you need to wangle invites to all those College dinners at High Table.’
    • ‘So she wangled nights out with four such desirable men and reported back on the pros and cons of the ‘perfect’ dates.’
    • ‘‘I managed to wangle that,’ he admits, ‘I'm experienced, and that got me through.’’
    • ‘A busy couple of days ensues: I managed to wangle out of the workplace Christmas do this year, but our own department's Christmas lunch is coming up.’
    • ‘You can wangle only so much for TV-rights packages; only sell so many replica shirts; only cram so many punters inside your ground.’
    • ‘Also, companies are keen to wangle best prices from their sales reps, a tactic which ignores - its telesales team is not to negotiate on price.’
    • ‘I came home today instead of tomorrow, I was able to wangle myself a seat on a navy transport from Groton.’
    • ‘The Oxford history graduate scoffs at the idea that his father somehow wangled him the job of co-presenting and researching the programme and accompanying book.’
    contrive, manipulate, manoeuvre, engineer, devise, orchestrate, fix, arrange, direct, conduct, handle, work, pull off, scheme, plot
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  • An act or an instance of obtaining something by persuasion or clever manipulation.

    • ‘a rather clever wangle on the part of some of the folk at the office’
    • ‘One Labour MP hinted that Smith's case was a wangle, and mentioned other sportsmen and celebrities who had returned home quickly after call-up.’


Late 19th century (first recorded as printers' slang): of unknown origin; perhaps based on the verb waggle.