angle for

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angle for (third-person singular simple present angles for, present participle angling for, simple past and past participle angled for)

  1. To try to obtain something by subtle indirect means: political manoeuvres, suggestion, etc.
    • 2006, David M. Oshinsky, Polio, page 214:
      Rumors flew that Marlon Brando was angling for the lead — an odd choice, most agreed, but a sure sign of box office success.
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see angle,‎ for.
    He angles for trout Sundays.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The verb and particle are inseparable.