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Methods used to persuade someone

pressure

noun

attempts to persuade, threaten, or force someone to do something

wiles

noun

ways of persuading or tricking someone so that they do what you want

emotional blackmail

noun

a method of trying to persuade someone to do something by making them feel guilty

pitch

noun

the things that you say to persuade someone to buy something or to support you

pep talk

noun

a talk during which someone encourages you to do something better or to work harder

sweetener

noun

something that you offer someone in order to persuade them to do something

carrot and stick

a mixture of promises and threats to persuade someone to do something, especially to work harder

bait

noun

something that is offered in order to persuade someone to do something or buy something

blandishments

noun

pleasant things you do or say about someone in order to persuade or influence them

bargaining counter

noun

a bargaining chip

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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