wangle

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
  1. noun
    an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
    synonyms: wangling
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    type of:
    contrivance, dodge, stratagem
    an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
  2. verb
    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
    synonyms: finagle, manage
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    type of:
    accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
    to gain with effort
  3. verb
    tamper, with the purpose of deception
    synonyms: cook, fake, falsify, fudge, manipulate, misrepresent
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    types:
    juggle
    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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