wheedle (one) into (doing something)

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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 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Many a dun had she talked to, and turned away from her father's door; many a tradesman had she coaxed and wheedled into good-humour, and into the granting of one meal more.
Co-produced with Lyric Hammersmith, OthelloMacbeth is a condensed, two-hour-long performance of Othello and Macbeth - two plays in which men are wheedled into committing acts of violence that lead to their own selfdestruction.
Jailing him for 16 months, Judge William George said: "It seems to me this theft is a one-off from the home of an old lady who thought she had a bond with you and you wheedled into her confidence and abused it."
Jailing him for 16 months, Judge William George said he had stolen "from the home of an old lady who thought she had a bond with you and you wheedled into her confidence and abused it".