persuade (someone) gradually or by flattery to do something:
the trainees were coaxed into doing hard, boring work.
∎ (coax something from/out of)
use such persuasion to obtain something from:
we coaxed money out of my father |
coaxing more speed from the car.
manipulate (something) carefully into a particular shape or position:
her lovely hair had been coaxed into ringlets.
/ ˈkō-aks; kōˈaks/ inf.
, cox, detox, fox, Foxe, Knox, lox, outfox, ox, phlox, pox, Stocks
•hatbox • haybox • mailbox • brainbox
•paintbox • squeezebox • pillbox
•icebox • strongbox • horsebox
•saltbox • soundbox • soapbox
•shadow-box • shoebox • jukebox
•toolbox • snuffbox • gearbox • firebox
•tinderbox • thunderbox • pillar box
•pepperbox • chatterbox • letter box
•workbox • paradox • heterodox
•orthodox • dementia praecox
•Wilcox • backblocks • dreadlocks
•Goldilocks • Magnox • equinox
•chickenpox • smallpox • cowpox
•aurochs • xerox • volvox
, coax, hoax, Oaks, stokes
, gadzooks, Jukes
†fool, take in; pet, fondle XVI; wheedle XVII. orig. ‘make a cokes
(i.e. fool) of’; of unkn. orig.