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cajole (one) into (something)

To persuade or entice one into doing something. Good luck cajoling someone into helping you clean your house! With the promise of baked goods, I was able to cajole Kelly into house-sitting for me.
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cajole (one) out of (something)

1. To persuade or entice one not to do something. Good luck cajoling a teenager out of sleeping till noon!
2. To persuade or entice one to abandon or get rid of something. Every time I turn on the TV, some charity or organization is trying to cajole me out of my hard-earned money.
See also: cajole, of, out
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cajole someone into something

to coax or persuade someone to do something. They tried to cajole us into helping them move. You can't cajole me into doing that!
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cajole someone out of something

1. to coax or persuade someone not to do something. Try and cajole her out of going there. I cajoled her out of leaving so soon.
2. to coax or persuade someone to give up something or give away something. She tried to cajole him out of his inheritance.
See also: cajole, of, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Too Purpley!" is a picture book for fussy young dressers whose parents have wearied and despaired of the search for appropriate cajolery magic to persuade said child into clothes of any color.
no amount of cajolery and no attempts at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me.
Not unlike Ike McCaslin brooding over his complicity in his family's participation in the history of bondage in the American South, and ultimately the South's relationship to the Western colonialism that was reawakened in Europe one thousand years after the edifice of Rome toppled, the general broods over his role in the machinations of war and the absurd process--not of the consensus-building that one would suppose leads to war--but rather of the "coercion" and "cajolery" (880) that determine "man's morals and actions" rather than result from them (880-81).
(11.) Tregear suggests the idea of cajolery in defining avaga as 'to be in love with; to bewitch; to be possessed by an evil spirit'.
It may be that asymmetrical marriages were prone to generate certain outcomes: early pregnancies; male jealousy over real or imagined rivals to wifely affections; attempts by husbands to isolate their wives from high society through cajolery (Pushkin's tactic) or through sequestration of the family in the countryside (Tolstoy's and Chicherin's method); the self-assertion by wives of their own identities either by flirtation with other men (Pushkina's metier) or by writing (Tolstaya's vehicle of self-expression) or through charitable work (Chicherina's and Tolstaya's ways).
of the non-Christian," suggests that "often the best, and sometimes perhaps even the only, way in which Christians today can testify to the Jewish people about their faith in Christ may not be so much in explicit words but by service," and resolves that "we all emphatically reject any form of 'proselytizing,' in the derogatory sense the word has come to carry in our time, where it is used for the corruption of witness in cajolery, undue pressure or intimidation, or other improper methods" (CJP, 1967, [section]IV).
Clive Thomas of Guyana stated in an article published by Caribbean Media Sphere that "through a mixture of blatant bullyism, bribery, cajolery, deception, intellectual dishonesty and plain bluff, the EU has worked a monumental deception on the region." And former Caribbean ambassador to the World Trade Organization Sir Ronald Sanders said that the EPA "may well return Caribbean nations to the state of plantation economies where the commanding heights are owned by foreign companies run by expatriate managers and the Caribbean people are merely workers." He warned that in any dispute arising over the agreement "individual countries will be up against the full force and resources of the EU as a whole.
It took me years of bribery and cajolery to get a certain newspaper to stop printing a grotesque photograph of one client cramming an enormous pasty into his mouth.
Julia Stitch, wife of a British diplomat, rouses him by speaking Italian, but her visit is a kind of "cajolery" (Sword 524).
Here, she drew her audience's attention to the dual definition of 'craft' in the OED--both as 'making useful objects from solid matter, and also as 'cajolery, or cunning'.
One could consider the London show a continuation of this century-old project: specifically, in devolving theatricality into performance and flattering viewers by upgrading them to the status of content providers, the show might to some degree be said to speak to a time characterized by the ubiquity of cajolery and coercion in consumerist culture.
David Pittle, Cajolery or Command: Are Education Campaigns an Adequate Substitute for Regulation?, 1 YALE J.
Another technique, one closely akin to flattery, is cajolery.
By sheer determination, cajolery and pluck, she enlisted the support of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and Texas Christian University.