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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You know the Pied Piper had his tune, she said; the rats had to follow it.

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
  • The music of the Pied Piper was still in his ears; twisting his brain.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • The rats all followed the Pied Piper, and so this rat followed Frank.

    A Duet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He would have fiddled the children of Hamelin away from the Pied Piper.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • The fowl walked slowly away with graceful dignity, and I followed like a child after the Pied Piper.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • He walked over with the Pied Piper to where the toy maker stood.

    Mitz and Fritz of Germany Madeline Brandeis
  • The Pied Piper had passed her; his call dragged at her soul no more.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • He played like the Pied Piper, and the entranced country danced after.

    From the Easy Chair, vol. 1 George William Curtis
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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