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wheedle

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwheedlewhee‧dle /ˈwiːdl/ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 PERSUADEto persuade someone to do or give you something, for example by saying nice things to them that you do not mean – used to show disapprovalwheedle something from/out of somebody 🔊 She even managed to wheedle more money out of him.wheedle somebody into doing something 🔊 You have to be able to wheedle your client into buying.wheedle your way in/into/out of etc 🔊 Don’t think you can just wheedle your way in here!→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
wheedleIn contrast, his manner is ingratiating, even wheedling.I am going to see an operation if I can wheedle anybody into letting me.In such ways the devil wheedles his way into human relationships with highly damaging effects.He likes me to wheedle, the brute.Supposing she let them down after dear Franz Busacher had connived and wheedled to make her acceptable to Gesner?The adverts scold us and cajole us and wheedle us and fawn us to keep up with the Joneses.wheedle something from/out of somebodyWexler tried to wheedle the information out of him.
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Verb table
wheedle
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theywheedle
he, she, itwheedles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywheedled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave wheedled
he, she, ithas wheedled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad wheedled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill wheedle
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have wheedled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam wheedling
he, she, itis wheedling
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you, we, theyare wheedling
Past
I, he, she, itwas wheedling
you, we, theywere wheedling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been wheedling
he, she, ithas been wheedling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been wheedling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be wheedling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been wheedling
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