Main definitions of coax in English

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coax1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Persuade (someone) gradually or gently to do something:

    ‘the trainees were coaxed into doing boring work’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘Come on now,’ I coaxed’
    • ‘The negotiators talked to him and managed to coax him out.’
    • ‘He waved at me as if he knew me already and coaxed me to come over and talk to him for while.’
    • ‘I tried to coax him down but I could see he was terrified.’
    • ‘They're yachts, mainly, and very beautiful, and it wasn't long before my wife was coaxed into taking lessons.’
    • ‘After the fighting ended, he hid in the jungle for two years before he was coaxed into surrendering.’
    • ‘He kept on trying to coax her to walk into the water, but she adamantly shook her head.’
    • ‘He was coaxed into a reading and soon found himself studying with an acting coach, having his long hair cut to marine length for the part.’
    • ‘It was his father who saw his potential and started cajoling and coaxing him into playing.’
    • ‘This year I was coaxed into starting my holiday baking early.’
    • ‘Maybe he too had regrets, perhaps he wished he'd talked to him more often, coaxed him to spill out his memories and secrets.’
    • ‘You might see a fairly significant change if you could coax him into going for a 30 minute walk most days of the week.’
    • ‘I had to go down and personally coax him out of the car so that we could get him back here.’
    • ‘The pang in my belly coaxed me inside to see what their table had to offer.’
    • ‘I coax him to the table by setting out an open beer.’
    • ‘The actors were somehow coaxed into performances that matched their gigantic surroundings.’
    • ‘Once he was finally coaxed into a room with some of the city's finest musicians last year, he was hooked.’
    • ‘Her natural buoyancy eventually coaxed us into conversation, and saved the day.’
    • ‘I smiled and walked faster, coaxing him to walk faster too.’
    • ‘She warns them that she doesn't want to wear the cloak but they insist and her mother coaxes her to go along with their request.’
    • ‘We weren't exactly abducted either, we were coaxed into coming into their house.’
    persuade, wheedle, cajole, talk into something, get round, prevail on, beguile, flatter, seduce, lure, entice, tempt, inveigle, woo, manoeuvre
    sweet-talk, soft-soap, butter up, twist someone's arm
    blandish
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    1. 1.1coax something from/out of Obtain something from (someone) by gradual or gentle persuasion:
      ‘we coaxed our fare money out of my father’
      • ‘He is adept at coaxing performances from actors with little or no experience.’
      • ‘She cocked her head to one side with a sly smile, like a toddler coaxing a treat from a grownup.’
      • ‘She was able to coax new insights from those oft-interviewed.’
      • ‘His timing remained exquisite, expertly coaxing laughs from the bleakest onscreen situation.’
      • ‘At dinner, he was the focus of everyone's attention, and they coaxed some information from him.’
      • ‘He sharply criticizes the leader for using food aid as a diplomatic tool to coax concessions from rogue governments.’
      • ‘He coaxes some excellent performances from his singers.’
      • ‘The charities are brutally businesslike in coaxing dollars from the wallets of the super-rich.’
      • ‘She has coaxed excellent performances from the girls and uses animation and dream sequencey stuff extremely well.’
      • ‘She was the only attendee, watching intently as he coaxed snakes from one basket to another with the mouth of his oboe.’
      • ‘He's a big fella, well over 6 feet, with hands the size of tree stumps, but still able to coax sweet sounds from a guitar.’
      • ‘He coaxes strong performances out of most of his cast.’
      • ‘He uses a prepared piano on a number of tracks, sometimes coaxing harpsichord-like timbres from it.’
      • ‘Alex was coaxing a fire from the wet wood we'd gathered.’
      • ‘The director coaxes some terrific performances from a noteworthy cast.’
      • ‘Many of his memories of his homeland are of sitting in traffic jams or waiting in lineups that ate up time he would have preferred to spend coaxing notes from his guitar.’
      • ‘He coaxed a superb performance from the young actor.’
      • ‘Guided by an inner-something that could only have been instinct, she was soon making silly noises and coaxing delighted squeals from the little tyrant.’
      • ‘If he can coax some defectors from the opposition, he may reach a majority.’
      • ‘I propped this glorious child on my shoulder and coaxed a burp from her.’
    2. 1.2[with object and adverbial] Arrange (something) carefully into a particular shape or position:
      ‘her lovely hair had been coaxed into ringlets’
      • ‘My son caught it by knocking it off the car with a twig, then coaxing it on to a piece of card, and then putting it in a jam jar.’
      • ‘Few of us have a team of trained hair professionals to dry, set, curl and coax our hair into perfection every morning.’
      • ‘When my turn arrives I slowly, carefully coax the boat round until the wind is directly behind it.’
      • ‘It is a special puzzle challenge to coax these sets into a symmetrical shape.’
      • ‘After coaxing the bird on to his arm, he started to make his way back home.’
      • ‘Carefully, and ever so gently, Tristan coaxed my weight upwards to more of a sitting position.’
      • ‘She coaxed the boys' hair into snowy peaks.’
      • ‘He coaxed the mouse onto his hand and put it into a tiny wicker basket.’
      • ‘The birds are in the trees, and if I could coax them down to my shoulder, then my trek may be warranted.’
      • ‘He nodded, and soon she went about her work, coaxing the muddy roots from the ground for springtime use.’
      • ‘Some were seen coaxing their pigs up the stairs!’
      • ‘She placed the lantern in the boat and coaxed the pig aboard as it had crossed the river many times with her before.’
      • ‘Use a metal pastry scraper to coax the dough into shape, and a minimal sprinkling of flour, as necessary.’
      • ‘You could try printing it on color transparency plastic and then heating it with a hair dryer whilst it is gently coaxed on to the surface of the mask.’
      • ‘She knew no greater thrill than coaxing a child from the womb, and receiving it alive into her own hands, wet, warm and squirming.’
      • ‘After coaxing them to the surface with your feet, it's a simple matter of reaching down and scooping them up.’
      • ‘With a broad wooden scraper, he coaxed the paint back and forward before lifting the screen to survey his handiwork.’
      • ‘She shook her unruly mane of red hair, attempting and failing to coax it into some semblance of order.’
      • ‘Half an hour was spent coaxing it off the track to safety.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete cokes ‘simpleton’, of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘fondle’, hence ‘persuade by caresses or flattery’, the underlying sense being ‘make a simpleton of’.

Pronunciation:

coax

/kəʊks/

Main definitions of coax in English

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coax2

noun

informal
  • [mass noun] Coaxial cable.

    • ‘After all, you can't lay fiber, buy cable modems and pay for cable TV with surplus coax.’
    • ‘It can serve up to four video streams simultaneously - one to a locally connected HDTV and three to additional client boxes connected via coax anywhere in the home.’
    • ‘Yes, if I were a nesting bird, I'd find a coil of coax to be the perfect shape for a nest.’
    • ‘Another good antenna that's been popular around here for over 20 years is the ‘J-pole’ made from a piece of old TV antenna twin lead and a piece of coax.’
    • ‘Today, a bad picture isn't a problem with the rabbit ears or a loose bit of coax: it means that the decompression of a digital video stream has gone all wonky.’

adjective

informal
  • Coaxial:

    ‘coax connectors’
    • ‘In addition to the antennas supplied, the antenna connector on the hand held radio will accept a common coax antenna cable connector.’
    • ‘Be it cable or satellite, just plug the coax cable into the coaxial cable input, and you have access for up to 125 channels.’
    • ‘Although both devices may have coax connections, once you see the image quality between them, you'll see why you should go with S-Video.’
    • ‘As multimedia enthusiasts can tell you, a coax connection is not the best choice for image quality, to put it mildly.’
    • ‘In areas where cable modem service is available, the cable company can sculpt that down to the single coax line.’

Pronunciation:

coax

/kəʊks/