coax (someone or something) to (do something)

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coax (someone or something) to (do something)

To convince or persuade a person or animal to do something. Come on, see if you can coax her to dance for us—I hear she's a trained ballroom dancer. Good luck coaxing the cat to give up her favorite seat in the house.
See also: coax
References in classic literature ?
She was always being glad about something; and then, one day, she told us why, and about the game, you know; and tried to coax us to play it.
The villagers turned out one evening to their local to join our company, even trying to coax us to stay.
Poetry and art can provide a vision of the possible, coax us to grow, point to the stillness at the heart of life, prod us to jettison outmoded patterns of thought that no longer serve our best interests.
His gentle meditations, gleaned from his own journey of faith, often coax us to see things a new way.
This morning's papers have dedicated column yards rather than inches to the spectacular, all of them trying to coax us to part with the pounds and pennies from our pockets.
I like biblical stories that engage us in drama and coax us to be a new and improved person.