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pied piper

n.
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.]

Pied Piper

n
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

Pied′ Pip′er


n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pied piper - a leader who entices people to follow (especially to their doom)
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
2.Pied Piper - the title character in a German folk tale and in a poem by Robert Browning
References in classic literature ?
Then there is the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, how first he piped the rats away, and afterward, when the mayor broke faith with him, drew all the children along with him and went into the mountain.
I get thinking sometimes if the Pied Piper is really dead, or if he may not still be roaming up and down our streets and lanes, but playing now so softly that only the children hear him.
Dolittle seems to extend his hand from the page and grasp that of his reader, and I can see him going down the centuries a kind of Pied Piper with thousands of children at his heels.