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wheedleverb [I, T + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈwiː.dəl/ us   /ˈwiː.dəl/ disapproving
to try to persuade someone to do something or give you something by praising them or being intentionally charming: She's one of those children who can wheedle you into giving her anything she wants. She wasn't invited, but somehow she managed to wheedle her way in. I tried different approaches - I wheedled, threatened, demanded, cajoled.
adjective uk   /ˈwiː.dəl.ɪŋ/ us   /ˈwiː.dəl.ɪŋ/
I knew by your wheedling tone that you wanted something from me.
(Definition of wheedle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wheedleverb [I/T]

us   /ˈhwi·dəl, ˈwi-/
to try to persuade someone to do something or to give you something by using your charm and by repeatedly asking in a way that would make refusal embarrassing: [T always + adv/prep] He wasn’t going to tell me but I wheedled it out of him.
(Definition of wheedle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “wheedle”
in Chinese (Simplified) 哄骗, 用花言巧语说服, 诓骗…
in Chinese (Traditional) 哄騙, 用花言巧語說服, 誆騙…
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