- Gmc. Legend a musician who rids Hamelin of its rats by leading them with his piping to the river, where they drown: in revenge for not being paid, he pipes the village children to a mountain, where they disappearin full Pied Piper of Hamelin
- a leader whom people willingly follow, often, specif., one who leads others into danger or trouble by means of elaborate, false promises
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- A person who offers others strong yet delusive enticements.
- One, such as a leader, who makes irresponsible promises.
Origin: After The Pied Piper of Hamelin, title and hero of a poem by Robert Browning.