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coax (someone or an animal) in (to something)

1. to urge or persuade someone or an animal to go into something. We coaxed the lion into the cage with fresh meat. The teacher coaxed the child into the kindergarten classroom.
2. to urge or persuade someone or an animal into doing something. We coaxed her into singing for us. Janet coaxed the dog into sitting up and begging.
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coax (someone or an animal) out of something

1. to urge or persuade someone or an animal to give something up. He almost wouldn't sell it, but I coaxed him out of it. I coaxed the cat out of the canary it was holding in its mouth.
2. to urge or persuade someone or an animal to come out of something. She coaxed the puppy out of the carton. Janet coaxed the child out of the closet with a promise of a piece of cake.
See also: coax, of, out

coax someone to do something

to urge someone to do something. The kids coaxed her to let them go swimming. Can I coax you to try some of this pie?
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These coaxers provide services such as accompanying clients to markets, identifying suitable suppliers, translating in business deals and negotiating prices.
Many coaxers depend on study visas to remain in China legally.
In particular, those coaxers who arrived at a time of heightened opportunity--though they initially came with very little social or financial capital--slowly accumulated the resources that allowed them to gain inclusion into the networks of accumulation.
Other than their counterparts in the networks of survival, these agents thus provide a wider array of services to their clients who not least often move larger volumes of goods than those clients received by coaxers.
In contrast to these truly international businessmen and women, others arrived as coaxers and were lucky enough to come to China at the high point of the China-Africa trade--usually between 2002 and 2005.
Some coaxers from this region are no more than a long, brightly painted piece of weighted wood.