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pang-wangle

To remain upbeat despite minor setbacks or problems. Sure, we've run into some obstacles today, but let's try to pang-wangle and keep moving forward.

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 (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's) way out of (something)

To succeed in extricating oneself from some unpleasant or undesirable situation, duty, or responsibility by tricky, clever, or deceitful means. He's always trying to wangle his way out of working the graveyard shift, but it won't work this time. The slippery little weasel managed to wangle her way out of the financial train wreck she left behind at the company. Many suspect the senator used his father's wealth and influence to wangle his way out of the military draft when he was in college.
See also: of, out, wangle, way

wangle (something) from (one)

To succeed in obtaining something from one by tricky, clever, or deceitful means. I managed to wangle some free products from the people who are running the promotional event. He used the damaging information to wangle more money from the company as part of his severance package.
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wangle out of (someone or something)

1. To succeed in extricating oneself from some unpleasant or undesirable situation, duty, or responsibility by tricky, clever, or deceitful means. He's always trying to wangle out of working the graveyard shift, but it won't work this time. The slippery little weasel managed to wangle out of legal liability for the financial train wreck she left behind at the company.
2. To succeed in extricating someone else from some unpleasant or undesirable situation, duty, or responsibility by tricky, clever, or deceitful means. The young entrepreneur's lawyer managed to wangle him out of a hefty prison sentence for his role in the scandal. Thankfully, our guide managed to wangle us out of a sticky situation with the local police.
3. To succeed in obtaining something from one by tricky, clever, or deceitful means. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wangle" and "out" to refer either to the thing being taken or the person or group from whom it is taken. I managed to wangle some free products out of the people who are running the promotional event. He used the damaging information to wangle more money out of the company as part of his severance package. I had a sneaking suspicion that she was trying to wangle me out of my inheritance.
See also: of, out, 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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