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

1. To convince or persuade a person or animal to enter something. It takes the promise of many songs and books to coax my kids into going to bed. Good luck coaxing the cat into her carrier—she's been hiding under the bed ever since she heard the word "vet."
2. To convince or persuade a person or animal to do something. Come on, see if you can coax her into dancing for us—I hear she's a trained ballroom dancer. Good luck coaxing the cat into going to the vet—she's been hiding under the bed ever since she heard the word "vet."
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coax (someone or something) out of (something)

1. To convince or persuade a person or animal to exit something. Right, like I can coax a teenage boy out of bed before noon on a Saturday! Good luck coaxing the cat out of her carrier at the vet—she's already shaking in terror.
2. To convince or persuade a person or animal to relinquish something. I can't believe I coaxed this vintage lamp out of the guy at the yard sale for only $3! Good luck coaxing the cat out of her favorite seat in the house.
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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.
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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.
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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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(She's the classic introvert, a soft butch, and Tracy is often coaxing single-word answers out of her.)
While doctors can grow a patient's own skin in the lab by coaxing healthy skin cells to divide repeatedly to form sheets of skin for grafting, this takes time and is expensive.
THE family liaison officer who spent hours coaxing information about the attack from Josie Russell has spoken of the youngster's fears about the verdict.
As with many ethnic ballets, it is also subsidized by the performers, mostly devoted amateurs, who, for example, construct their own costumes by coaxing synthetics to simulate the shimmering pastels and silken drape of fine tapa, or bark cloth.
Presented strategies for coaxing a more persuasive and intuitive tone into one's logical academic written arguments include forwarding (taking words, images, or ideas from text and putting them to use in new contexts), countering (suggesting different ways of thinking rather than simple nullification of a given ideal), and much more.
Their record glows with innovations in coaxing little-studied species into reproducing, so if they didn't manage, Murch deems the prospects grim.
These paintings are exquisite and restrained, though coloristically rich--and it may not be obvious just how much skill is involved in coaxing such opulence out of the limitations Phelan has imposed on herself.