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snake charmer

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noun
  1. an entertainer who seems to charm venomous snakes, usually by music.

Origin of snake charmer

First recorded in 1830–40
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  • So much for the art of the snake-charmer and the craft of an evil man.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • The Indian snake-charmer of to-day is a juggler, and often a very skilful one.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling

  • But he become a snake-charmer and give exhibitions at music-halls.

    The Sign of Silence

    William Le Queux

  • I saw the snake-charmer, and no more of the circus did I see that night.

    Before Adam

    Jack London

  • 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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