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coax
used in My Antonia

5 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
coax her to join us
Definition
try to obtain a result through gentle and careful effort — often gentle persuasion
  • She was always coaxing brother to go to the post-office.
    Book 4 — The Pioneer Woman's Story (45% in)
  • While Krajiek was translating for Mr. Shimerda, Antonia came up to me and held out her hand coaxingly.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (16% in)
  • When she coaxed and insisted, I repulsed her quite sternly.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (18% in)
  • Sometimes I overtook the girls downtown and coaxed them into the ice-cream parlour, where they would sit chattering and laughing, telling me all the news from the country.
    Book 2 — The Hired Girls (65% in)

There are no more uses of "coax" flagged with this meaning in My Antonia.

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  • While we sat in the kitchen waiting for the cookies to bake or the taffy to cool, Nina used to coax Antonia to tell her stories—about the calf that broke its leg, or how Yulka saved her little turkeys from drowning in the freshet, or about old Christmases and weddings in Bohemia.
    Book 2 — The Hired Girls (30% in)

There are no more uses of "coax" in My Antonia.

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