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goad

  
  ( goads    plural & 3rd person present)   ( goading    present participle)   ( goaded    past tense & past participle  ) If you goad someone, you deliberately make them feel angry or irritated, often causing them to react by doing something.      verb  
He wondered if the psychiatrist was trying to goad him into some unguarded response...      V n into n/-ing  
Charles was always goading me.      V n  
      Goad is also a noun., n-count  
His opposition acted as a goad to her determination to succeed.     
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goad

  
1   
      n   impetus, incentive, incitement, irritation, motivation, pressure, spur, stimulation, stimulus, urge  
2   
      vb   annoy, arouse, be on one's back     (slang)   drive, egg on, exhort, harass, hassle     (informal)   hound, impel, incite, instigate, irritate, lash, nark     (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang)   prick, prod, prompt, propel, spur, stimulate, sting, urge, worry  

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