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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At times like that do you despair, turn to drink to try and coax back the muse?
▪ But a considerable effort is now likely to see whether, and on what terms, Washington can be coaxed back.
▪ At times like that do you despair, turn to drink to try and coax back the muse?
▪ When a rare disagreement arose, he tried to coax stragglers along or simply found a more acceptable phrasing.
▪ Jim tried coaxing him away with a glass of brandy, which Albert thought a low device.
▪ Jenks trying to coax Ruess' donkey, Pegasus, on to the back of a pickup truck.
▪ He is at the camera when Geri tries to coax Izzy into admitting that she fancies women as well as men.
▪ For years, Kim Gerlich has tried to coax her parents and her husband into starting a family business.
▪ At Dodge City, where j stopped, cowboys sometimes spent days trying to coax their herds into the river.
▪ "How about letting me borrow your car?" Santos coaxed.
▪ "Oh come on, Vic," she coaxed, "We need you, don't let us down."
▪ Many bulbs can be coaxed into bloom early.
▪ The children had to be coaxed into coming with us.
▪ The U.S. is trying to coax both sides to take part in talks.
▪ Applications can be like teaching machines, coaxing users to the right choices without penalties, says Sippl.
▪ He felt that Jeopardy coaxed the best out of him.
▪ He remembered how disgusted he had been to see Carol, red-eyed from weeping, trying to coax Eunice up to bed.
▪ He was coaxing me to walk a bit further without having to carry me, by promising that it was just a bit further.
▪ Irene had had to coax her back to class after the first day.
▪ The devil also paid her a visit, coaxing her to spit on a cross and break a rosary.
▪ Want to coax the big pharmaceuticals companies to produce that malaria drug?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Coax \Coax\ (k[=o]ks; 110), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coaxed; p. pr. & vb. n. Coaxing.] [Cf. OE. cokes fool, a person easily imposed upon, W. coeg empty, foolish; F. coquin knave, rogue.] To persuade by gentle, insinuating courtesy, flattering, or fondling; to wheedle; to soothe.

Syn: To wheedle; cajole; flatter; persuade; entice.


Coax \Coax\, n. A simpleton; a dupe. [Obs.]
--Beau. & Fl.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "a fool, ninny, simpleton" (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to cock (n.1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing.


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) A simpleton; a dupe. vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To fondle, kid, pet, tease. 2 To wheedle, persuade (a person, organisation, animal etc.) gradually or by use of flattery to do something. Etymology 2

n. (form of Shortened form coaxial cable English)

  1. n. a transmission line for high-frequency signals [syn: coaxial cable, coax cable]

  2. v. influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along" [syn: wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, sweet-talk, inveigle]

Usage examples of "coax".

He had always marveled at the way Xris handled Raoul, coaxing, pleading, and even tricking the Adonian into doing things he never would have considered doing.

Gwen had been crouching in front of the high chair, trying without much success to coax some applesauce into Tess.

Graham bethought him of a brother Scot who dwelt near Argenta, a man once so poor that when his bairns were down with diphtheria he could not coax Argenta doctors out across the five-mile stretch of storm-swept, frozen prairie.

With a couple of bangs in the right place from Frost, it was eventually coaxed into place.

As a boy, he had coaxed the local vicar into teaching him Hebrew, which was the only Middle Eastern language available in the wilds of Norfolk, but while his knowledge had endeared him to the Bokharan Jews, he had never sung for them.

He did not send me here to fawn and cringe, And coax these boors into good humour.

In the hot air of Botswana flowers tended to open briefly and then shut and wilt away, as if surprised, unless, of course, one protected them with shade netting and coaxed them daily with precious water.

Carolina jessamine and poison ivy coaxed to adopt the genetics of bougainvillaea and orchids, tall pines persuaded to stoop to adopt their new crowns of palm fronds.

Thomas reckoned that Sir Guillaume would be in a hurry when he reached Caen and would not want to waste time coaxing horses onto the Pentecost, therefore he spent the day haggling about prices for the two stallions and that night, flush with money, he and Robbie returned to the tavern.

Warburton coaxed it on to a rag of synthetic skin and let it feed before transferring it to yet another hyperactive surface, into which it seemed to dissolve entirely, leaving nothing on the surface but a faint and rather cartoonish outline of a bat in flight.

He pushed its sleeves toward his elbows, and the corded muscles of his tanned forearms bulged as his long fingers coaxed the cork from a bottle of Chianti classico.

He touched his finger to his lips, then with one hand stroked her brow, gently coaxing her eyelids closed as he sang to her softly in Chippewa, words he remembered from his boyhood when nook orals his grandmother, had sung them to him.

It was with difficulty that Jim coaxed Drumfire back to where Bakkat stood beside the dead lioness.

Trina expects very soon to coax the juice from Michael, a proceeding in which I have a strong vicarious interest.

Her hands coaxed him as he stroked her back, buttocks and inner thighs.