wheedle


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wheedle (one) into (doing something)

To cajole, flatter, or plead with one in order to convince one to do something. I can't believe I let you wheedle me into working for your charity auction again this year. He's always wheedling other people in the office into doing the quarterly reports for him.
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wheedle out of

1. To cajole, flatter, beg, or beguile someone in order to obtain or steal something from them. A noun or pronoun is used between "wheedle" and "out." He's just a piece of lowly scum who spends his time wheedling pensioners out of their savings over the phone. I can't believe I let Seth wheedle me out of my favorite pencil case!
2. To obtain or steal something from someone through cajolery, flattery, pleading, or beguilement. A noun or pronoun is used between "wheedle" and "out." I hate these pushy charity workers, trying to wheedle every last cent out of you that they can. After begging and pleading, the kids finally wheedled the car out of me for the weekend.
See also: of, out, wheedle

wheedle (something) away from (one)

To obtain or steal something from one through cajolery, flattery, pleading, or beguilement. I hate these pushy charity workers, trying to wheedle every last cent away from you that they can. After begging and pleading, the kids finally wheedled the car away from me for the weekend.
See also: away, wheedle

wheedle someone into something

to get someone to agree to do something by begging or flattery. She is always trying to wheedle us into coming for a visit. You can't wheedle me into doing that!
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wheedle something away from someone

 and wheedle something out of someone
to get something away from someone by begging or flattery. The crooks wheedled the old lady's money away from her. Tim wheedled a few dollars out of his uncle.
See also: away, wheedle

wheedle out of

v.
1. To obtain something from some person through the use of flattery or guile: The swindler wheedled my life savings out of me.
2. To defraud someone of something through the use of flattery or guile: The swindler wheedled me out of my life savings.
See also: of, out, wheedle
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Unbeknownst to readers, an astonishing number of travel articles are based on press junkets and complimentary travel and lodgings; although a few magazines and newspapers refuse all free travel, some of their reporters have been known to wheedle free upgrades and price reductions that might not be offered to their readers.
Told in retaliation for the Friar's unflattering portrait of a summoner, this earthy tale describes a hypocritical friar's attempt to wheedle a gift from an ailing benefactor.
El Sub wasn't a real revolutionary--or he wouldn't be trying to wheedle the government like a dog begging a bone.
SO the Birmingham Mail sees fit to give credence (Our Say, March 15) to the latest manoeuvre by the Church of Scientology to wheedle their way into the lives of Birmingham people.
Instead he has tried to wheedle his way out of it, which, perhaps, highlights exactly what's wrong with politics and politicians.
IF some dealer targeted your child, managing to wheedle his way into your home and sell them his highly-addictive and cripplingly expensive wares, you might react rather angrily.
Good on Threshers for honouring the vouchers when many a miserly company would have tried to wheedle out of it.
I believe that O'Leary wanted a quiet period of consolidation this season, then a concerted effort to wheedle more money out of Doug Ellis than he expected a few months back, to get a higher standard of players in.
She catches up with Elton John in a record show, Michael Parkinson in his office, Roger Moore at a showbiz party and Ruby Wax at home and tries to wheedle out their secrets.
Now he is consigned to the wastelands of the early show on Radio Norwich while he tries to wheedle his way back to real stardom with an oiliness that only Partridge can attain.
One minute he seems to heed Ross's urgency about leaving; the next he's letting Bosie wheedle him into staying.
He tries to wheedle a pal into cutting off a finger for him, comes onto a squirming male he meets in a bar (smashing a nearby patron over the head with beer bottles for no particular reason), later pulling the buddy off the girl he's fucking and mounting him.
The photograph was taken when we visited Spokane, Washington State, a permission which I had to wheedle out of my commanding officer as we were not normally allowed to travel out of Canada.
Forget commentator Paul Mitchell asking for the Man of the Match 25 minutes into the game to wheedle more phone cash and forever harking back to the France game.
Dennis uses his charm to wheedle a confession, but when the police arrive for a new statement will the Slater strength return?