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wangle (one's) way into (someplace or some situation)

To succeed in entering some location or situation by tricky, clever, or persuasive means. I didn't think we'd be able to do it, but after Rajesh talked to the bouncer, we were able to wangle our way into the night club. I've been trying to wangle my way into the honors course at Harvard all year, but so far, nothing has helped.
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wangle someone into (someplace or some situation)

To succeed in getting someone into some location or situation by tricky, clever, or persuasive means. It turned out that Rajesh knew the bouncer at the club, so he was able to wangle us into the place even though we weren't on the guest list. I don't know how I let Jeff wangle me into looking after his dogs this weekend—I don't even like dogs!
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wangle out of something

Fig. to get out of having to do something; to argue or deceive one's way out of a responsibility. Don't try to wangle out of this mess. You must stay and fix the problems you made. Mary managed to wangle out of staying late again.
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wangle something from someone

 and wangle something Out of someone
Fig. to obtain, through argument or deception, something from someone. Are you trying to wangle money from me? You can't wangle any money out of me.
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Yet they hold that their system still achieves what has long been considered impossible--it wangles useful work out of a single heat reservoir.
In a bid to save their old pals, Brad wangles the job of prosecutor, and tries to lose the case.
Sure enough, she wangles an invitation to stay with her cousins, the Starkadders, at their well-named Cold Comfort Farm, where she proceeds to rearrange their lives in accordance with her own assumptions of good sense.
This well-preened computer animation tells the tale of how Valiant the pigeon should be too small for the RHPS but wangles his way in anyway.
Julia Roberts (left) plays an unemployed mum who wangles a job as a legal assistant and, before you can blink, she's single-handedly bringing down a huge power company who have been accused of polluting a city's water supply, thereby poisoning the residents.
He somehow wangles United a place in the South Bucks Mini Soccer Conference.