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persuader

[per-swey-der] /pərˈsweɪ dər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that persuades:
The cool lake was a most enticing persuader for those who liked to swim.
2.
Slang.
  1. (in underworld use) a gun, blackjack, or other weapon.
  2. something that persuades, as by coercing or threatening:
    Sometimes the teacher used a hickory persuader to get our attention.
Origin of persuader
1530-1540
First recorded in 1530-40; persuade + -er1
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  • My forty-five colt which I proceeded to reload, acting as a persuader.

  • The old "persuader" did her work as effectually as at Dominica.

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • The persuader teaches the persuaded that their interest coincide.

    Analyzing Character

    Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • The persuader is a short, heavy bludgeon with a nail-studded head.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • It broke my hold, and I staggered back groping for the persuader.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Yes, he was that money-lender's agent—a persuader of the reluctant, if you like—working for a Hindu employer.

  • Also a persuader stick or a trench knife, which he may use if he is near enough to do it silently.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • But enthusiasm is always magnetic, and the glowing descriptions of his persuader at length prevailed.

    The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph

    Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
  • Desire is, therefore, the great citadel toward which all of the campaign of the persuader must be directed.

    Analyzing Character

    Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • It is the task of the persuader, therefore, to stimulate the imagination to the painting of such mental pictures.

    Analyzing Character

    Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Slang definitions & phrases for persuader

persuader

noun

A handgun; heat (1884+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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