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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Perhaps from German wedeln 'to wag the tail, be willing to do what others want'

wheedle

verb
     
whee‧dle [transitive]
to persuade someone to do or give you something, for example by saying nice things to them that you do not mean - used to show disapproval
wheedle 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!

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