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When a sexual or other kind of predator sets the stage for abusing another, such as a child or other person (as in the case of sex and theory human trafficking).

Trust: May give toys and/or other gifts and favors to the intended victim to gain trust.

Alienation: Settings the stage for the intended victim to become alienated from their primary caregivers/circles or family and community.

Fear/dependency: Sets up a power dynamic in which the victim feels too afraid to report the abuse, perhaps by involving the victim in activities their friends and family might judge the victim negatively for, such as drug use (or even the abuse itself).
By the time the girl understood how bad her situation had become the neighbor had been grooming her so carefuly and for so long that she felt she could not go home or to the police and so saw no way out of her situation. Thankfully a relative noticed her distress and had the sense to seek help from the county's intervention program.
by evilelove April 01, 2017
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Training, preparing or conditioning someone, usually over a longer period of time. Also used to refer to a paedophile's process of building trust with a child, wearing down the child's boundaries.
"The tutor we hired was a good investment; he's grooming my son for a prestigious college."
"Paul gives our daughter a lot of gifts and attention, I'm worried he might be grooming her. Do you think i should call the police?"
by AnAbundancyOfLemons February 18, 2017
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The act of luring another with gifts, favors, promises, praise, or bbq ribs with the intent of gaining sexual favors. The perpetrator of "grooming" must have a significant advantage of emotional intelligence, financial independence, intelligence quotient or simply perpetrating against a minor.
Greg- "Hey Corky, would you like some of my tasty barbeque ribs while you watch the baseball game?"

Corky- "Sure. Corky hungry! Corky loves ribs!"

Greg- "Enjoy, you'll be giving me a {reach-around} later..."

Corky- "Huh?"

Greg- "Just {grooming} you. Finish your beer so we can go to my place."
by nelsonkw1 October 03, 2010
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When a sexual predator gives toys and other things to a child to gain trust and sexually harm the child.
Mom: Don't let that sexual predator groom your child.
Sexual Predator: Oh darn! Grooming was the only way I planned to gain trust in your underage child so I could sexually harm them!
by Floorlamp August 17, 2012
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The act of pedifiles coaxing children into sexual encounters via the internet.
Earlier this year, Andrew Lay, a 35-year-old from Milton Keynes, was jailed for six years for committing sexual offences against a young girl he first contacted through a chatroom when she was just 12.
by paul February 23, 2004
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An act of kindness with an aim to get something in return. For example a telephone number, or perhaps for a favour, or to gain extra contact means with someone, possibly for romantic reasons.

May be seen as sneaky or sly by some under the context of romantic involvement, but is used often to get to know people better for this purpose - A little white lie to save possible rejection, also known as playing it safe.
Craig was grooming the newly met woman at the bar in the hope of getting her phone number, becoming better friends under that pretense to gain romantic involvement with her.
by Thoughtful Lynx November 12, 2005
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Cleaning and putting in order your fur (as an animal) or your hair and clothes (as a human).
Grooming as a job is most often performed on horses, but in zoos and circuses all sorts of animals need grooming.
The bridegroom is perfectly groomed, and the bride looks wonderful!
When grooming your horse, you need brushes, towels, combs and sometimes even a vacuum cleaner.
Cats spend 8 to 15 percent of their waking time grooming themselves.
by TheRealFoo July 03, 2013
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