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v. whee·dled, whee·dling, whee·dles
1. To obtain through the use of flattery or guile: a swindler who wheedled my life savings out of me.
2. To persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile; cajole: "They could marry on the fortune Miss Starling had wheedled her employer into leaving her" (W. Somerset Maugham).
To use flattery or cajolery to achieve one's ends.
1. to persuade or try to persuade (someone) by coaxing words, flattery, etc
2. (tr) to obtain by coaxing and flattery: she wheedled some money out of her father.
[C17: perhaps from German wedeln to wag one's tail, from Old High German wedil, wadil tail]
whee•dle(ˈʰwid l, ˈwid l)
v. -dled, -dling. v.t.
1. to try to influence (a person) by flattering or beguiling words or acts; cajole.
2. to persuade (a person) by such words or acts: She wheedled him into going with her.
3. to obtain (something) by artful persuasions: I wheedled a new car out of my father.v.i.
4. to use beguiling or artful persuasions.
Past participle: wheedled
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|Verb||1.||wheedle - influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"|
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"
soft-soap - persuade someone through flattery