AskDefine | Define wangle

Dictionary Definition

wangle n : an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery [syn: wangling]


1 achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods [syn: finagle, manage]
2 fake or falsify; "Fudge the figures"; "cook the books"; "falsify the data" [syn: fudge, manipulate, fake, falsify, cook, misrepresent]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • combination of wag + dangle, first attested 1810-1820



  1. To obtain through manipulative or deceitful methods: "if a country such as China decided to wangle various concessions out of the US government"
  2. To falsify, as records
  3. To achieve through contrivance or cajolery: "manages to wangle his way into the investigation team"


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Derived terms


  1. The act of wangling

Extensive Definition

Wängle is a municipality in the Austrian district of Reutte, Tyrol.
wangle in German: Wängle
wangle in Italian: Wängle
wangle in Dutch: Wängle
wangle in Russian: Венгле
wangle in Volapük: Wängle

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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