Unfortunately, such considerations of purpose tend to be drowned out by the alluring, sweet-sounding tune of a pied piper.
Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh are the pied Pipers of the Republican Party.
People are still far more likely to buy a million dollar pied à terre in Manhattan than to do so in Oklahoma City.
In 1977, gay-rights opponent Anita Bryant was pied in the face by gay-rights activists at a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was the pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone he knew.
The bride made her state entry in a carriage decorated with silver eagles and drawn by ten pied horses.
The music of the pied piper was still in his ears; twisting his brain.
On the right of the wall was the yard of a pork butcher; on the left, the inn yard of the pied de Mouton.
He wanted to go out and get pied; but when I told him about his boy, he begun to cry.
You know the pied Piper had his tune, she said; the rats had to follow it.
late 14c., as if it were the past participle of a verb form of Middle English noun pie "magpie" (see pie (n.2)), in reference to the bird's black and white plumage. Earliest use is in reference to the pyed freres, an order of friars who wore black and white. Also in pied piper (1845, in Browning's poem based on the German legend; used allusively by 1939).
Greek letter, from Hebrew, literally "little mouth." As the name of the mathematical constant, from 1841 in English, used in Latin 1748 by Swiss mathematician Leonhart Euler (1707-1783), as an abbreviation of Greek periphereia "periphery." For the meaning "printer's term for mixed type," see pie (3).
"pastry," mid-14c. (probably older; piehus "bakery" is attested from late 12c.), from Medieval Latin pie "meat or fish enclosed in pastry" (c.1300), perhaps related to Medieval Latin pia "pie, pastry," also possibly connected with pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)) on notion of the bird's habit of collecting miscellaneous objects. Figurative of "something to be shared out" by 1967.
According to OED, not known outside English, except Gaelic pighe, which is from English. In the Middle Ages, a pie had many ingredients, a pastry but one. Fruit pies began to appear c.1600. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1889. Pie-eyed "drunk" is from 1904. Phrase pie in the sky is 1911, from Joe Hill's Wobbly parody of hymns. Pieman is not attested earlier than the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon" (c.1820). Pie chart is from 1922.
"magpie," mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pie (13c.), from Latin pica "magpie" (see magpie). In 16c., a wily pie was a "cunning person."
n. pl. pis
Symbol π The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.
The pH value for the isoelectric point of a given substance in solution.