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Much has been said concerning the efficacy of the Water Fly as a lure.

Here, they are brazenly advertised as "afternoon teas" to lure the unwary.

But by degrees he was once more ensnared by the lure of the gaming table.

Better still, if I could throw temptation in his way, and lure him on to rob me.

All sorts of deceptions are used to lure folk into the mountain gorges.

What need was there for him to lure me into his heaven to feed horses?

I had felt the lure of her personality; there was not one of us on board the Ertak who had not.

Nana was being tempted by the jingle of cash and the lure of adventure on the streets.

To this spot, no doubt, he had all along intended to lure his victim.

The attraction of beauty is not the only lure by which a creature may win its mate.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "something which allures or entices, an attraction" (a figurative use), also "bait for recalling hawks," from Anglo-French lure, Old French loirre "device used to recall hawks, lure," from Frankish *loþr or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *lothran "to call" (cf. Middle High German luoder, Middle Low German loder "lure, bait," German Luder "lure, deceit, bait;" also Old English laþian "to call, invite," German laden).

Originally a bunch of feathers on a long cord, from which the hawk is fed during its training. Used of means of alluring other animals (especially fish) from c.1700. Technically, bait is something the animal can eat; lure is a more general term. Also in 15c. a collective word for a group of young women.

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