wheedle

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Origin uncertain. Possibly from Old English waedlian (to beg). Another possible source is German wedeln, to wag, from Old High German wedil, wadil, tail.

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wheedle (third-person singular simple present wheedles, present participle wheedling, simple past and past participle wheedled) (transitive) and (intransitive)

  1. To cajole or attempt to persuade by flattery.
    I'd like one of those, too, if you can wheedle him into telling you where he got it.
  2. To obtain by flattery, guile, or trickery.
    • Congreve
      A deed of settlement of the best part of her estate, which I wheedled out of her.

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