I'm trying to explain with a metaphor what a recruiter is.

In Dutch a propper would be a good fit. A "propper" is a nightclub / disco promoter. Someone who is paid to lure people inside often with false promises an slick talks.
What would be a good single word to convey this exact same profession? I feel like promotor might not have the same "load" / negative association as it's Dutch counterpart has.

edit: They are not the same as hustlers, as hustlers do something illegal and both recruiters and proppers do not (although they show annoying behaviour).

(The wikipedia page exists only in Dutch (no links to other languages))

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    Note that in Dutch the verb "proppen" means to cram/stuff things into a container or in this case place, usually beyond capacity. The verb itself conveys that it is not a good/neutral action. I woudn't know the best translation though.
    – Borgh
    Jul 5 '19 at 10:13
  • Possible duplicate of Name for the people who hustle you into restaurants Jul 5 '19 at 10:35

A puller-in

one that pulls in specifically : a man who stands in front of a store or place of entertainment and tries sometimes forcibly to get passersby to enter.


  • Thank you, is the word understood by most people without having to look it up?
    – Thomas
    Jul 5 '19 at 12:05
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    In the USA and Britain, fairgrounds, circuses, theatres, etc, used to employ 'barkers'. Jul 5 '19 at 12:06
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    @Thomas I’d say so, especially if used contextually.
    – user29952
    Jul 5 '19 at 12:07
  • @MichaelHarvey if you make that comment an answer you at least deserve an upvote!
    – Thomas
    Jul 5 '19 at 12:15

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