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Pied Piper

the hero of a German folk legend, popularized in The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842) by Robert Browning.
(sometimes lowercase) a person who induces others to follow or imitate him or her, especially by means of false or extravagant promises. Unabridged
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  • The music of the Pied Piper was still in his ears; twisting his brain.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • So they had to come, the arrogant Americans; they had to swarm like rats to the Pied Piper.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill
  • He would have fiddled the children of Hamelin away from the Pied Piper.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • A new version of the famous old legend of the "Pied Piper of Hamelin."

    The First Capture Harry Castlemon
  • I'll ask the people to follow you just as the children followed the Pied Piper.

    Mitz and Fritz of Germany Madeline Brandeis
  • He walked over with the Pied Piper to where the toy maker stood.

    Mitz and Fritz of Germany Madeline Brandeis
  • He played like the Pied Piper, and the entranced country danced after.

    From the Easy Chair, vol. 1 George William Curtis
  • The Pied Piper had passed her; his call dragged at her soul no more.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
British Dictionary definitions for Pied Piper

Pied Piper

Also called the Pied Piper of Hamelin. (in German legend) a piper who rid the town of Hamelin of rats by luring them away with his music and then, when he was not paid for his services, lured away its children
(sometimes not capitals) a person who entices others to follow him
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