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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: cajoler 'to make noises like a bird in a cage, cajole', from Old North French gaiole 'birdcage', from Latin cavea; CAGE1

cajole

verb
     
ca‧jole [intransitive and transitive]
to gradually persuade someone to do something by being nice to them, or making promises to them
cajole somebody into doing something
We do our best to cajole rich countries into helping.

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