pied piper(redirected from Pied Pipers)
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1. A person who offers others strong yet delusive enticements.
2. One, such as a leader, who makes irresponsible promises.
[After The Pied Piper of Hamelin, , title and hero of a poem by Robert Browning.]
1. (European Myth & Legend) 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
2. (sometimes not capitals) a person who entices others to follow him
1. the hero of a German folk legend, popularized in The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842) by Robert Browning, who charms the city's rats into a river with his magical pipe-playing.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a person who induces others to follow or imitate him or her.