whee·dle (wēdl, hwēdl)
v. whee·dled, whee·dling, whee·dles
1. To obtain through the use of flattery or guile: a swindler who wheedled my life savings out of me.
2. To persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile; cajole: "They could marry on the fortune Miss Starling had wheedled her employer into leaving her" (W. Somerset Maugham).
To use flattery or cajolery to achieve one's ends.
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