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1. noun An agenda or aim. In this usage, "angle" is preceded by a noun, pronoun, or article. You never used to have any interest in the family business. What's your angle here? Todd seems very disingenuous to me, so I always assume that he's got an angle.
2. noun An understanding or interpretation of something. In this usage, "angle" is preceded by a noun, pronoun, or article. That author has a really interesting angle on World War II. Carly actually witnessed the accident, so you should get her angle on it.
3. verb To fish with a line and hook. (A fishing hook was previously called an "angle.") My father is out angling on the lake today.
4. verb To pursue an agenda or aim, usually subtly or deceptively. What exactly are you angling at? Just say it! With all the late nights he's spent at the office recently, I think Bruce is angling for a promotion
5. verb To put forth a particular (often biased) view or interpretation of something. Don't listen to my mother, she always angles her stories in a way that makes me the villain.
angle at (something)
To plan or scheme to get or achieve something; to try to get something in an indirect or roundabout way. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) We've been angling at securing a contract with a major development company from the Middle East for the last few months. What exactly are you angling at? If it's a pay raise, you can just forget about it.
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angle for (something)
To plan or scheme to get or achieve something; to try to get something in an indirect or roundabout way. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) We've been angling for a contract with a major development company from the Middle East for the last few months. What exactly are you angling for? If it's a pay raise, you can just forget about it.
See also: angle
angle for farthings
obsolete To beg out of a prison window with a receptacle of some kind, such as a box or cup on a string, like an angler trying to catch fish. Primarily heard in UK. Imagine the days when prisons looked out onto public streets, with the prisoners shouting down at you or angling for farthings.
To move at a particular angle, rather than in a straight line. You need to angle off to the left, to avoid hitting those rocks.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
angle off (to or toward something)
to turn or move toward something at an angle. The road angles off to the right. The sailboat angled off toward the direction the wind was blowing.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. n. a person’s understanding of something; someone’s unique perspective on an event or happening. What Bob says is interesting. What’s your angle on this, Molly?
2. n. a scheme or deception; a pivotal or critical feature of a scheme; the gimmick in a scheme or plot. I got a new angle to use in a con job on the old guy.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.