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.
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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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