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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.
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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]
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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.
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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
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verb coax, talk, court, draw, persuade, charm, worm, flatter, entice, cajole, inveigle He managed to wheedle some more money out of me.
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wheedle[ˈwiːdl] VT to wheedle sb into doing sth → engatusar a algn para que haga algo
to wheedle sth out of sb → sonsacar algo a algn
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
to wheedle sb into doing sth → obtenir que qn fasse qch à force de cajoleries
to wheedle sth out of sb → obtenir qch de qn à force de cajoleries
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
wheedle[ˈwiːdl] vt to wheedle sb into doing sth → convincere qn a fare qc con lusinghe
to wheedle sth out of sb (favour) → ottenere qc da qn con lusinghe (secret, name) → farsi dire qc da qn con lusinghe
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