pied piper

noun, often capitalized both Ps

Definition of pied piper 

1 : one that offers strong but delusive enticement

2 : a leader who makes irresponsible promises

3 : a charismatic person who attracts followers

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This had a pied piper effect — visitors curious about where the band might be headed naturally followed. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar led an ethereal performance while floating on Echo Park Lake," 31 Jan. 2018 The pied piper of St. Paul’s baseball funhouse was cracking wise about the 20-year warranty on his new ceramic hip when a middle-aged couple in Saints gear interrupted the team’s co-owner and founder to demand a bear hug. Brian Murphy, Twin Cities, "Brian Murphy: Saints come marching in for 25th season of smiles, irreverence and winning ball," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of pied piper

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pied piper

the Pied Piper, hero of a German folktale who charmed the rats of Hameln, Germany, into a river

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