It would be great if Republicans could be coaxed to sign on to one or more of these efforts.
The two strapping marshals behind him looked plenty strong enough to have coaxed him to his feet if he had decided otherwise.
Reluctantly he was coaxed into going to a New Orleans Saints game.
1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes "a fool, ninny, simpleton" (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to cock (n.1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing.