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lure (someone or something) away

To attract or entice someone or something away (from someone, something, or some action). He thought he could lure my girlfriend away by showing up in his expensive car and flashing his money around. The promise of a big salary isn't going to lure me away from a job I love. The company has been trying to lure away investors from its rival.
See also: away, lure

lure (someone or something) in(to something or some place)

To attract or entice someone or something into some thing, place, or situation. We've got the trap set up, but we need some kind of bait to lure the rabbits in. The promise of a big salary isn't going to lure me into a job as a corporate slave. The company is being accused of luring would-be investors into a Ponzi scheme.
See also: lure, something
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( oneself ) aside [for someone] to move aside. I drew myself aside so the children could pass. He drew himself aside so Maggie could pass.

draw someone (or an animal)

out of something and draw someone or an animal out to lure someone or an animal out of something or some place. I thought the smell of breakfast would draw him out of his slumber. The catnip drew out the cat from under the front porch.


( someone or something ) from something to sketch (someone or something) from a particular source, such as memory, real life, a photograph, etc. He is a very good artist. He can draw from a photograph or a painting. I will try to draw him from memory.

lure someone or something away (from someone or something)

to entice or draw someone away from someone or something. Do you think we could lure her away from her present employment? They were not able to lure away many of the employees of the other companies.
See also: away, lure

lure someone or something in to something

 and lure someone or something in
to entice someone or something into something or a place. The thief tried to lure the tourist into an alley to rob him. Using an old trick, the thief lured in the tourist.
See also: lure, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


/get a bead on
To take careful aim at.


/haul/pull in (one's) horns Informal
1. To restrain oneself; draw back.
2. To retreat from a previously taken position, view, or stance.
3. To economize.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Gradually whisk the treat away sooner and sooner, until you are barely luring at all.
At some point your dog will begin to offer to lie down when she hears the verbal cue, without you luring at all.
This is where people get in the most serious trouble with luring, and all with good intentions: trying to use a lure to get a reluctant dog to do something she doesn't want to do.
The problem with this scenario is that the scary person is luring the dog "over threshold" (too close) because the dog really wants the treat.
Properly used, with attention paid to fading the presence of the treat, luring can be a very valuable and effective training technique.
* Luring can be seen as a form of coercion--when the dog doesn't really want to do the behavior, but because he wants the treat so badly he feels compelled to do it.
We use luring a lot in the Basic Good Manners classes at Peaceable Paws (my training center in Fairplay, Maryland).
This makes training new, sometimes amazingly complex behaviors, happen much more easily and quickly than does luring. In fact, there are some complex behaviors you'd be hard-pressed to figure out how to lure that might be relatively simple to shape.
As described in the L Luring section above, you use a combination of luring and shaping to get the behavior you want.
Gradually lure less and less, until he's lying down on cue without any luring.
"Right away we started luring birds," says Podolsky, "but most didn't stay long.