Meaning of “wiles” in the English Dictionary

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"wiles" in British English

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wilesnoun [ plural ]

uk /waɪlz/ us /waɪlz/ formal

ways of persuading someone that trick them into doing something:

She'll have to use all her feminine wiles to get him to agree.

(Definition of “wiles” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wiles" in American English

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wilesplural noun

us /wɑɪlz/

skill and ways of tricking people into doing what you want:

He’ll need to use all his unusual methods and screwball wiles to complete his mission.

(Definition of “wiles” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)