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#1 2012-11-24 18:11:30

JuanTwoThree
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Weeded into

I saw “weeded their way into positions of power” somewhere or other. Plenty of examples:

Corrupt politicians had weeded their way into places of power

those colorful, plastic storage containers which have weeded their way into the popular consciousness

how exactly they have weeded their way into every little part of irish society in the first decade

The original expression was “wheedled” meaning something like “Insinuated, talked” but “spread like weeds” seems to be what’s here. “Weeding” means “pulling up weeds” of course, so it’s an interesting addition to the Janus words that mean two different and sometimes contrary things.

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/cont … 17546.html

A later PS:

Then there’s weeded for wend(ed):

Sam’s feet pounded against the concrete confidently as he weeded his way through a New York crowd

The truck driver weeded his way through the small business district, visiting every mom and pop store on each corner

Some are not eggcornish but seem to reshape “weed” as “sift”, with a nod in the direction of “weed out”

He carefully listened to our desires and requirements and weeded his way through thousands of properties to find a select few homes that suited.

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#2 2012-11-28 05:02:27

burred
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Re: Weeded into

Good ones. “Weed into” might be part of a fairly sizable fuzzy spot that should be cordoned off for public safety: Weed, weasel, wheedle, widdle, twiddle, little, whittle, wriggle, wiggle, willow, window, winnow, wither, whither, and maybe weighed in on, wade in on, wage in on, wager in on.

The wheedle room there is that there is no apparent set-in-stone guideline as to when something may or may not be labeled as “tax”.
http://www.ronpaulforums.com/archive/in … 4db5c1a312

Slowly sinking into it impairing your movement and vision, and slowly whittering away at your party’s health
http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread … ion/page13

Around 12-13 there is a huge fight in his base where I am slowly whittered down by HB fire and apothecaries.
http://forums.relicnews.com/printthread.php?t=82809

Those pharmacists can really talk your ear off.

My three peasants fought like there was no tomorrow (which was actually the fact for all of them) but were slowly wittered down by the onslaught.
http://forums.relicnews.com/printthread.php?t=82809

The large group slowly twiddled down until it was simply Tomoko, Hugo, and the scary woman.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3952557/5/Chimaera

What is a way to carry on a text conversation when it has been whithered down to lols and hahas and soooo…...s.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index … 955AAUz38i

Do I sense a blendy connection between weed into and wade into or weigh in on.

He always looking to weed in on Atlantis affairs and take control
http://forums.syfy.com/index.php?showto … 3285&st=20

i was the only one in the area with a red one now i have 3 others trying to weed in on my territory
http://www.toyotacelicas.com/forums/96- … lor-2.html

If nothing else, it offers those who don’t want to weed into the economics of it all a sense that she’s at least got a plan
http://gregsopinion.com/?m=..&paged=78

I typed “betweed weed” probably because of my cold.

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