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She is working to convince, cajole, and pressure other Representatives to vote for the bill.
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  • She is working to convince, cajole, and pressure other Representatives to vote for the bill.
  • "Don’t you see that if you have no relations with people it’s easier to be honest with them?" she inquired. "That’s what I meant. One needn’t cajole them; one’s under no obligation to them."
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • "Come on," Ron said cajolingly, giving the steering wheel a little shake, "nearly there, come on -"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • She’d pestered, cajoled, and sometimes yelled at Dad to get a license, but he’d insisted that he preferred pedal power.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay

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  • Every year we spend hundreds of dollars on phone calls and letters, writing, faxing, cajoling, and bribing, trying to get...
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • cajoling her mother to eat a little now and then,
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • ...pouted and pleaded and cajoled.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Archie pressed on, softening his voice, cajoling, leading him on.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • I got to be the bad cop and lay down the law.  "Angel," I began cajolingly. "We can’t always..."
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • they couldn’t cajole him into the dining room
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury

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  • She couldn’t abandon the driver’s seat, not after having cajoled Miro into opening the door.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • How the midwife smacked and prayed and cajoled the tiny chest to move.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Then her voice became tender, and she began to cajole me, saying, "Please, I can’t wake him."
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • It had taken quite a bit of cajoling to cool Harvey down, especially after he threw in the incident in Miles’s car as well.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • Neither Boca Chica nor Ocoa were far but I never wanted to go and it normally took hours of cajoling before I agreed to climb on the autobus.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • I knew then there was no use pretending or trying to cajole my mind into silence
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • ...late-night hours cajoling Hunter to please, please go back to sleep.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • I begged her, cajoled her to return, hearing nothing but peeved silence on the other end.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "Come on," Marcia cajoled.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She cajoled Francis into her car, and they left for San Francisco.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • …was following my dad into our suspiciously dark living room as he muttered things like "What a shame we didn’t plan anything for your birthday" and "Oh well, there’s always next year," when all the lights flooded on to reveal streamers, balloons, and a motley assortment of aunts, uncles, cousins I rarely spoke to—anyone my mother could cajole into attending—and Ricky, whom I was surprised to see lingering near the punch bowl, looking comically out of place in a studded leather jacket.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Waterside, merchants wheedled and cajoled customers, hoping to lure them into their shops.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I thought we should wait for the delivery, in case the driver was unsure of what to do, but she tugged at my hand and cajoled and even pecked me on the cheek, and soon enough I agreed.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • After a lot of hustling and cajoling, Kate got Constance moving, then quick-stepped it to the cafeteria with the smaller girl riding piggyback.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • In late 1943, Schindler cajoled and bribed Goeth and other SS leaders for permission to build a sub-camp on the property adjacent to Emalia.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Lonesome didn’t try to ease the situation the way most fathers would have—answering on his child’s behalf or cajoling him into showing some manners.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Gracie is in summer school—she’s only in first grade and they’re already talking about holding her back—and every night I pull her onto my lap and help her sludge through her work, whispering in her ear, begging her to speak, to focus, to listen, cajoling her, finally, into writing at least half of the answers down in her workbook.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I hear him cajole her as I get closer.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I teased and cajoled them and expected them to fire back, to take no crap from me, just as I took no crap from them.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • His voice seems to be an amorous melodic murmur, cajoling, politely but outrageously flirtatious, irresistible and (to her utter distress now) wickedly exciting.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • His voice both sad and cajoling.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • No amount of wheedling, bribery, cajoling had moved her cousin one inch.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • This is what his cajolery has brought us to!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Enrique cajoles.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • "Oh," said Albert with all the cajolery of which he was capable.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Despite the young men’s cajoling, he refused to go with them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I was asked, cajoled, then ordered to care for my room.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • A one-sided cajoling and coaching of the young, a one-way loving and desiring of their mates, a single-sided card that could never be signed.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The delicate art of cajoler was a lost skill in modern law enforcement, one that required exceptional poise under pressure.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It was as if that thought had come from outside, insectile, buzzing, softly cajoling.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Can people enchant each other too much, cajole each other too much, charm each other too much?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Saphira and Nasuada’s cajoling only made Eragon more reluctant to agree.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Few women anywhere could resist such wily cajolery, and prostitutes would spring to their feet eagerly and hurl themselves into whatever fantastic poses he requested for them.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I just sat there, while Adah got bird lessons and Leah cajoled the shy little Fowles children to come in off the porch and sit on the floor with her and Ruth May and read comic books with them.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The B-24’s wheels had no steering, so the pilot had to cajole the bomber along by feeding power to one side’s engines, then the other, and working back and forth on the left and right brakes, one of which was usually much more sensitive than the other.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Right after we finished the PT class and staggered to our feet, Instructor Reno, god of all the mercies, would send us on a four-mile run through the soft sand, running alongside us at half speed (for him), exhorting us to greater effort, barking instructions, harassing, cajoling.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • A man who will never more be trapped—whom no blandishments will cajole, whom no threats will frighten; who from tonight on will move forward, and not backward, who will study and understand, who will gird on his sword and take his place in the army of his comrades and brothers.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Then d’Artagnan ceased knocking, and prayed with an accent so full of anxiety and promises, terror and cajolery, that his voice was of a nature to reassure the most fearful.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But I insisted, explained, cajoled, raised my voice, gestured with my hands, quoted whatever proof texts I could remember from the grammar book, and finally he accepted my explanations.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • There were times when I beat and kicked him madly, times when I cajoled and persuaded him, and once I tried to bribe him with the last bottle of burgundy, for there was a rain-water pump from which I could get water.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
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