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wangle (one's) way into (some place 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.
See also: place, wangle, way

wangle (one) into (some place 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!
See also: place, wangle

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.
See also: of, out, wangle

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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Those who have seen emulate, rigmarole, manila folder, or wangle on a page are less likely to blunder in their use or to confuse them with similar words.
Because I thought a man was entitledto go out by himself once in a while," testified John Wangle in Domestic Relations Court, "my wife bought two bloodhounds and had me tracked down wherever I went.
SIR - Now that the Welsh Assembly has managed to wangle more parliamentary powers for itself without another referendum, understand that it could now also call a referendum to give it powers identical to that of the Scottish parliament.
This is a fabulous new edition of this favourite poem in which we meet such well-known characters as the Dong with the Luminous Nose, the Blue Baboon and, of course, the Quangle Wangle.
From everything I know about Norquist and conservatives of his ilk, they really do hate the idea of government help for the needy, whose misfortune they attribute to defects of character while their own prosperity has nothing to do with the government subsidies they have been able to wangle, the taxes they have managed to evade, or the silver spoon that was often theirs at birth, but is solely attributable to their own talent and hard work.
We've no idea who they are, but as they are from our home town of Warrington we might just wangle a drink out of it if they pick up the winning beer vouchers.
Yet sports stadiums are perfect vehicles for city hall insiders to wheel and deal; the mayor gets a ribbon-cutting to die for, and all the local hacks can wangle a piece of the consulting or contracting business.
PICK OF THE DAY POSH PEOPLE: INSIDE TATLER (9pm BBC2) FROM side-saddle steeple-chasing, to the Queen's Cup Polo Match, the easiest way to wangle your way into high society these days, it would seem, is to be a horse.
From the stupendously silly yet endearing green-headed Jumblies to a protagonist with an enormous hat - namely Mr Quangle Wangle - the show promises slapstick comedy, catchy songs and is endlessly creative, guaranteed to capture the whole family's imagination.
Instead of marking time and living on the dole, the twosome decide to start anew and wangle their way into a Google internship.
Ollie suspects Darren of moonlighting with a rival firm and hires a new assistant, and Emma manages to wangle herself a promotion at work.
He manages to wangle (without too much effort) some skeletons out of the closet, when Peggy reveals Pat used to be on the game.
They are soon back on track and manage to wangle lunch with the Serbian Royal family.
With 10 minutes left, Lewis Summers did well to force the ball home from a narrow wangle six yards out.
All of us can think of someone from our area who managed to wangle a gong in the Honours List for reasons that were never entirely clear.