wheedled


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wheedle \Whee"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wheedled; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Wheedling.] [Cf. G. wedeln to wag with the tail, as a
   dog, wedel a fan, tail, brush, OHG. wadal; akin to G. wehen
   to blow, and E. wind, n.]
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   1. To entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax.
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            The unlucky art of wheedling fools.   --Dryden.
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            And wheedle a world that loves him not. --Tennyson.
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   2. To grain, or get away, by flattery.
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            A deed of settlement of the best part of her estate,
            which I wheedled out of her.          --Congreve.
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