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, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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?
See also: coax, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Beginning at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Arthur actively worked with playwright and director to both shape and fully realize the material, coaxing one to reexamine the written word and the other to re-think the interpretive design.