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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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.] 
  1.  To  entice  by  soft  words  to  cajole;  to  flatter;  to  coax. 
  The  unlucky  art  of  wheedling  fools.  --Dryden. 
  And  wheedle  a  world  that  loves  him  not  --Tennyson. 
  2.  To  grain,  or  get  away  by  flattery. 
  A  deed  of  settlement  of  the  best  part  of  her  estate, 
  which  I  wheedled  out  of  her  --Congreve. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  act  of  urging  by  means  of  teasing  or  flattery  [syn:  {blandishment}] 

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