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She goaded him into an argument.
  to a human:  to provoke or encourage someone to do something — usually something bad and often provoking in an annoying manner

to an animal:  to prod with a pointed stick to make it move
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  • She goaded him into an argument.
  • She tried to goad the candidate into saying something extreme.
  • ...Wolf Blitzer is trying to goad him into admitting that he is a socialist.
    Time, 2009  -- 10/14/09)
  • Usually he submitted with silent dignity to all which he had to go through, but, at times, he was goaded into comment.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

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  • And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.
    Judges 3:31 (KJV)
  • But he had lost his head; under the goad of Katharine’s ridicule he had said too much...
    Virginia Woolf  --  Night and Day
  • ...he aimed at goading the oppressed into rebellion against the oppressor.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • The words of the wise are like goads...
    Ecclesiastes 12:11 (NIV)
  • Is that temptation that doth goad us on
    Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Paco wiggles the offending taco, goading me.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry

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  • Why is he trying to goad me into giving up?
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I pointed at the little kids goading each other to jump from rib cage to shoulder and...
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • She liked to goad me into chasing her.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • Her goading struck into his brain; his lips snarled and his eyes were fierce again.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Goaded, by the interference, into a rage more than demoniacal, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • As they fought, the ground rumbled, and a monstrous voice chuckled somewhere beneath the earth, goading the animals to fight harder.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • I’m not giving up, Jerry had pledged, listening to Archie’s goading voice.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart—an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Until Mr. Tanner gave me a healthy prod in the backside with his goad and said, "Git!"
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • If he drew a quitter he asked for a reride on the same horse and came out of the chute raking and gouging in defiance of the rules, goading the horse to violent, malevolent action.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • I floundered, trying to put the instinct that so often whispered to me and goaded me to do, or not to do, things into words.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • the elephant goad
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • He ordered me to tell you your brother was in the death cells—maybe he was hoping to goad you into taking a risk that would get you killed.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I tried to goad him with stories of my years stalking ivory poachers in Southern Cameroons and the time that the Dalai Lama and I got snowed in on a mountaintop and played checkers until dawn, but Finn wasn’t interested in talking.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • No—he was goading them toward the doors, toward the elevators and the fire escape.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • It goaded me until I lost command over the heavenly fire.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He snorted and unhooked the slapstick he used to goad Alpha and Beta when they were being lazy.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • They weren’t forcing her, or even goading her, or doing anything to coerce.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Reynie was hoping his words would infuriate Mr. Curtain into sleep, but Mr. Curtain had prepared himself and was not so easily goaded.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • It hadn’t been easy: finding Mars Bar, taking all his lip about cheating on the race, taking some bumps, some shoves, Mars goading him to fight.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Even though Attean annoyed him, Matt was constantly goaded to keep trying to win this strange boy’s respect.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • I watched Stacey closely to see if he was going to allow himself to be goaded by T.J.; he was not.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Nor had I ever listened to such goads to better effort—to slacken off, to push on, to go harder, faster, deeper—nor such huzzahs over gained first downs, such groans of despair over lost yardage, such shrill advice as to where to put the ball.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He’d trusted me enough to bare himself to me, to believe that I wouldn’t ram that stake right through his heart as he’d practically goaded me to do.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Rubbing my eyes, trying to keep myself awake with cold showers and iced coffee, I goaded myself on by reminding myself what a good thing I was doing, though my endless cramming felt a lot more like self destruction than any glue-sniffing I’d ever done; and at some bleary point, the work itself became a kind of drug that left me so drained that I could hardly take in my surroundings.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • All around us, the class cheers, goading on the warriors.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Enrique likes to goad his mother by making noise.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • He could not bring himself to be specific at first; but then fear and loneliness goaded him.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The fields goaded him, and the company ditches with good water flowing were a goad to him.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "Hundred meters," he goaded her.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • They would win a physical game, and perhaps, if they managed to goad the Fugees into retaliating, they could provoke a red card as well.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I took hold of the knife and, hoping to goad it, poked a front flipper.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Bullies, drawn by his oddity and hoping to goad him into uttering Italian curses, pelted him with rocks, taunted him, punched him, and kicked him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Thus I used to think, and thus I used to speak to myself; goaded almost to madness at one moment, and at the next reconciling myself to my wretched lot.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • "Please…don’t…" Keating’s eyes were bright with disgust; aversion goaded him on; he had to make it worse because he couldn’t stand it.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Pst, pst, like a cat luring a mouse from its hole, they goad each other into quarrels and dissent.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Along one side of the room ran a narrow gallery, a few feet from the floor; into which gallery the cattle were driven by men with goads which gave them electric shocks.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • His goading remained gentle.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The hostess goaded the crowd.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I might have been an unfortunate little bull in a Spanish arena, I got so smartingly touched up by these moral goads.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
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