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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 (one) out of (something)

To cajole, flatter, beg, or beguile one in order to obtain or steal something from them. 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!
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 (something) out of (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 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 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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The judge said Gardner "wheedled" his way into children's lives by befriending their families with the promise of carrying out computer repairs or tidying their gardens.
It got very dull once the judges had wheedled out all the time-wasters.
Nancy hit the headlines in the Chronicle when she told how motor-mad Andrew Gough wheedled his way into his long lost grandmother's life and borrowed the money for a down payment on the flash sports car.
Keep Mark's name out of this, wheedled Gibson -- former Sports Editor of the Daily Mail, and the most naive of operators if this any guide -- and we'll give you chapter and verse on what Sven got up to.
The three-month-old pooch has already wheedled his way into their hearts.
The media is rightly outraged that a top QC, and wife of our Prime Minister, could so easily be conned by a smooth-talking crook who wheedled his way into her most private affairs.
Brave and clever, he slipped past the nodding guards or wheedled them into allowing him access.
Her account of being wheedled for a week by Kaprow to take her clothes off for a performance reminds us that living theater at Rutgers circa 1960 wasn't exactly all fun and games.
"Come on darling," he wheedled. "You've got such a lovely smile - but you only show it to me."
The second item came from Joe Flynn, a semiprofessional hoax artist who previously had wheedled pound 25,000 from Rupert Murdoch by selling him a pair of shoes allegedly belonging to Jimmy Hoffa.
He had wheedled his way into her home in Kempson Road, Bromford, Birmingham, and looked after Kamran when she went to work at a betting shop.
The others were sensational, too, as they wheedled and weaved through the classics from album greats that stand the test of time such as Safe As Milk and Trout Mask Replica.
Of his address to the UN General Assembly he added: ``I will first remind the United Nations that for 11 long years Saddam Hussein has side-stepped, crawfished, wheedled out of any agreement he made not to develop weapons of mass destruction.
He closed Keith's biggest employer then wheedled his way into a Scottish office job - in charge of industry!
And mums are more easily wheedled by daughters - they spend 15 per cent more on girls than on boys.