Wangle means to get something through deception or devious coaxing, like the time you tried to wangle your way into a concert by pretending to be the singer's sister.

Wangle, which rhymes with tangle is similar in meaning to manipulate, although wangle has a more informal feel. The word's playful sound hints at its origin — it came into English as slang. In the 1880s it was coined by British printers who used their skills to wangle, or fake, an image to look like something else. That tradition endures today with untrustworthy magazines that wangle photos of celebrities to deceive readers.

Definitions of wangle

n an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery

Type of:
contrivance, dodge, stratagem
an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

v achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

finagle, manage
Type of:
accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
to gain with effort

v tamper, with the purpose of deception

cook, fake, falsify, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent
manipulate by or as if by moving around components
Type of:
cheat, chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

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