v. wan·gled, wan·gling, wan·gles
To obtain or achieve by cleverness or deceit, especially in persuading someone: She wangled the job even though she had no training.
To extricate oneself by subtle or indirect means, as from difficulty; wriggle: He wangled out of a shift at work by pretending to be sick.
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