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snake charmer

noun
1.
an entertainer who seems to charm venomous snakes, usually by music.
Origin of snake charmer
1830-1840
1830-40
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  • Following the plaintive note, they came at last to the snake-charmer—an old man in a white turban.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • So much for the art of the snake-charmer and the craft of an evil man.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • All the snake-charmer asks is to know the place and to have been there recently, and you shall have your snake without fail.

    Beast and Man in India John Lockwood Kipling
  • The Indian snake-charmer of to-day is a juggler, and often a very skilful one.

    Beast and Man in India John Lockwood Kipling
  • The Bambarra was a “snake-charmer”—I had heard so—could handle the most venomous serpents at rail—could guide and direct them!

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • But the snake-charmer is the best known and most widely spread of them all.

    Concerning Animals and Other Matters E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  • But to a stranger the snake-charmer himself is a better tamasha than anything he can show.

    Concerning Animals and Other Matters E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  • The snake-charmer keeps all sorts of them, but chiefly cobras.

    Concerning Animals and Other Matters E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  • This miracle man, then, was a snake-charmer, and Claire had divined it at once.

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for snake-charmer

snake charmer

noun
1.
an entertainer, esp in Asia, who charms or appears to charm snakes by playing music and by rhythmic body movements
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