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wheedleverb [I, T + adv/prep]

uk   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.
wheedling
adjective uk   us   /-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 ​yourcharm and by ​repeatedlyasking in a way that would make ​refusalembarrassing: [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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