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definition of the word coax

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originally (1586) in the slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "fool, simpleton", itself of obscure origin, perhaps related to cock (male bird, pert boy). The modern spelling is from 1706.

to coax

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to coax (third-person singular simple present coaxes, present participle coaxing, simple past and past participle coaxed)

  1. (obsolete) to fondle, kid, pet, tease
  2. To wheedle, persuade (a person, organisation, animal etc.) gradually or by use of flattery to do something.
    He coaxed the horse gently into the trailer.
  3. To manipulate carefully into a particular situation or position.
    They coaxed the rope through the pipe.

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