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v. so·lic·it·ed, so·lic·it·ing, so·lic·its
1. To seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty, or formal application: a candidate who solicited votes among the factory workers.
2. To petition persistently; importune: solicited the neighbors for donations.
3. To commit the criminal offense of enticing or inciting (another) to commit an illegal act.
4. To approach or accost (a person) with an offer of sex in exchange for payment.
1. To make solicitation or petition for something desired.
2. To approach or accost someone with an offer of sex in exchange for payment.

[Middle English soliciten, to disturb, from Old French solliciter, from Latin sollicitāre, from sollicitus, troubled; see solicitous.]

so·lic′i·ta′tion n.
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(səˌlɪs ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

1. the act of soliciting.
2. a petition or request; entreaty.
3. enticement; allurement.
a. the crime of asking another to commit or aid in a crime.
b. the action of a prostitute who solicits in a public place.
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dun To badger someone to pay a debt; to importune for payment of a bill; to make repeated and insistent demands; to pester or assail relentlessly. Another term of uncertain origin, dun dates from the 1600s. Tradition has it that a man named Joe Dun, a London bailiff in the reign of Henry VII, was so successful in collecting bad debts that his name became synonymous with the practice of pursuing someone to deliver payment. Dun can also be used in nonfinancial contexts meaning to harass, badger, or plague. Another version offers that the word is cognate with din and acquired its metaphoric sense from the raising of a great to-do until the debtor paid up.

I am so dun’d with the Spleen, I should think on something else all the while I were a playing. (Shuffling, Cutting, and Dealing, 1659)

fry the fat out of See EXTORTION.

panhandle To accost strangers on the street and beg money from them. Literally, a panhandle is the handle of a pan. Since the arm and hand project from the body somewhat like a handle from a pan, the act of holding one’s hand out to solicit money came to be known as panhandling. Similarly, one who employs such techniques is known as a panhandler.

The prisoners were members of a “panhandling” corporation which operated extensively throughout the district. (New York Evening Post, December 9, 1903)

pass the hat To solicit money, as for a charity; to take up a collection. It has long been the custom among minstrels and other street performers to collect contributions from the spectators by passing around a hat. In contemporary usage, hat has often become figurative, referring to any container into which people in a group or crowd are expected to put money. In fact, pass the hat is no longer limited to its original concept, i.e., voluntary payment for entertainment, and usually carries somewhat resentful or contemptuous implications, probably because of the subtle coercion involved.

It was easy enough to make the hat go round, but the difficulty was to get any one to put anything in it. (Charles J. Matthews, in Daily News, September 11, 1878)

put the acid on To pressure someone for a loan; to place excessive demands on someone; to coerce someone into granting a favor. This expression alludes to the destructive potential as well as the sharp, bitter taste of an acidic solution. Although the expression’s money-borrowing sense originated and is still used in Australia and New Zealand, the phrase is now applied in the United States and Great Britain to any situation in which an inappropriate amount of pressure is being exerted.

They want to shift the ship at seven. That puts the acid on us. (J. Morrison, in Coast to Coast, 1947)

put the bite on See EXTORTION.

work the oracle See MANIPULATION.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solicitation - an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status; "a solicitation to the king for relief"
appeal, entreaty, prayer - earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
beggary, begging, mendicancy - a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
touch - the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan); "he watched the beggar trying to make a touch"
importunity, urging, urgency - insistent solicitation and entreaty; "his importunity left me no alternative but to agree"
2.solicitation - request for a sum of moneysolicitation - request for a sum of money; "an appeal to raise money for starving children"
petition, request, postulation - a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
whip-round - (British) solicitation of money usually for a benevolent purpose
3.solicitation - the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money)solicitation - the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money)
enticement, temptation - the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire; "his enticements were shameless"
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[səˌlɪsɪˈteɪʃən] N (esp US) → solicitación f
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n (mainly US) [money, help, support] → demande f solicitations
nplsollicitations fpl
The new measures are aimed at cutting back on intrusive telephone solicitations → Les nouvelles mesures sont destiné à limiter les sollicitations téléphoniques abusives.
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n (form)Flehen nt no pl (geh)
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References in classic literature ?
"If the people wish me to work for them, they must hire me without solicitation. I am very comfortable without office."
"Why?" he asked; himself growing serious at his companion's solicitation.
"You see, you see, you KNOW that you do and that you already quite suspect I believe it; therefore, why not frankly confess it to me, so that we may at least live with it together and learn perhaps, in the strangeness of our fate, where we are and what it means?" This solicitation dropped, alas, as it came: if I could immediately have succumbed to it I might have spared myself--well, you'll see what.
Encouraged by this discourse of the viceroy, I immediately prepared myself for a voyage to Lisbon, not doubting to obtain upon the least solicitation everything that was necessary to re-establish our mission.
Collins's long speeches would allow, everything was settled between them to the satisfaction of both; and as they entered the house he earnestly entreated her to name the day that was to make him the happiest of men; and though such a solicitation must be waived for the present, the lady felt no inclination to trifle with his happiness.
There was no boat on the lake; but at my solicitation and for my special use, some of the,young men attached to Marheyo's household, under the direction of the indefatigable Kory-Kory, brought up a light and tastefully carved canoe from the sea.
As a friend of mine, of my family, he may, perhaps--indeed I know he HAS, still greater pleasure in bestowing it; but, upon my word, you owe nothing to my solicitation."
And Michael did, bumping his flanks against Daughtry's knee; nudging his head against Daughtry's hand, in solicitation for more of the blissful ear-rubbing and tail-twisting.
Not merely when a state of warfare with one young lady might be supposed to recommend the other, but from the very first; and she was not satisfied with expressing a natural and reasonable admiration but without solicitation, or plea, or privilege, she must be wanting to assist and befriend her.Before Emma had forfeited her confidence, and about the third time of their meeting, she heard all Mrs.
Rosamond had that morning entreated him to urge this step on Lydgate; and it seemed to him as if he were beholding in a magic panorama a future where he himself was sliding into that pleasureless yielding to the small solicitations of circumstance, which is a commoner history of perdition than any single momentous bargain.
He ordered his coach to wait at a distance, and desired I would give him an hours audience; which I readily consented to, on account of his quality and personal merits, as well as of the many good offices he had done me during my solicitations at court.
She refused to listen to their solicitations, and they passed on.