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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!
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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.
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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Sunnegardh was petulant, spoiled and wheedling, singing with total confidence, her big soprano projecting to every corner of the auditorium, and the necrophiliac final scene when she kissed the head of the dead John The Baptist was disturbing.
His King John, crowned as the play begins, is squat and pasty, a wheedling character sly of smile and piggy of eye.
No doubt they will come wheedling back as we approach the 2004 local elections.
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While reading the 41-year-old's autobiography, I kept hearing Trump issue that wheedling proposal between the smooth, co-written lines on the page.
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NOW that our country is in conflict with the terrorists in Afghanistan, the last thing we need is TV and radio interviewers trying to score Brownie points by wheedling secret information from authorities involved.