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She used Twitter to taunt the opposing candidate.
  to intentionally anger, challenge, or upset someone — especially by mocking them or hurling insults

or (as a noun): an insult or other remark intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone
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  • She used Twitter to taunt the opposing candidate.
  • Don’t let their taunts get to you.
  • Sure enough, there was Janina in the middle of the street, squatting on her haunches, hurling her voice, thumbing her nose at Buffo, taunting him in perfect imitation of me.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • Troy taunts him. He sticks out his head and offers him a target.
    August Wilson  --  Fences

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  • The taunt, the beginning of the old cat-and-mouse game.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • LARRY—(stung—furiously) Look out how you try to taunt me back into life, I warn you!
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • "Go ahead, hit me!" he taunted.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • "Or you’ll what?" Cole taunted.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • "You’re usually too drunk to know your own name!" Cole knew these words guaranteed him a terrible beating the next time he was alone, but still he taunted his father with a smirk.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • During the day it was never far from her immediate consciousness, intermittently returning at unsuspected moments, whispering and taunting her.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • The flaunts, the taunts, the poses, they were all part of the lie.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He’s taunting me.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • "Little b000000y," the man said, a taunting and creepy call.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Maybe it’s why he stood there and taunted Roland.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • At the other end of the jail cell, a ragged old woman began to laugh crazily, the sound pouring out of her mouth like a taunt.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • So come on, little man, what were you?" the toothless man taunted, stepping closer.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • He was eight and very big for his age, the target of school-yard taunts and cruel insults since he was six.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • One meet Annie would be deep in it, taunting the opponents, insulting their uniforms or SATs, and the next she’d be wholly uninterested in the outcome but happy to be along for the ride.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • My brothers loved this, and they would taunt me and my mother by pointing out the wreckage of vehicles on the mountainside.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Enoch taunted.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • They are fond of dramatic gestures, and invariably leave behind some taunting memento.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The intense rage of the arresting officers and the racist taunts and threats from uniformed police officers who did not know him were shocking.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • She was begging a sailor for a sweet, which he held tauntingly out of reach.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It was hard to see and I called her name and she cooed, and what I could make out finally was that she was beckoning me, darkly, taunting me with the vile display of her carnality.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Beliel circles Raffe like a shark as he taunts him.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Our eyes stay locked, and the class emits a taunting groan.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Some other android shell, perhaps—maybe even an escort with their tauntingly ideal feminine shapes.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • They could taunt Donny Kellen about his hero, McCarthy, except they’d heard Donny had been shipped off to military school.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Taunted and bullied, ridiculed and abused by other children.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Nat’s eyes deliberately taunted her.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • But here, it was hard to focus when Cain was nearby, taunting and sneering, waiting for her to make one mistake.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "The six-fingered man taunts you," Yeste called.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • He played with the guys, and when they came to taunt Dorothy, he did not feel as bad as he had before.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • Did she really believe you?" and they taunted me with, "Do you really kiss trees?
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • Miguel would look at her and before riding off with Papa, he would give her a taunting smile.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • In front of us, these thugs, who could not have been more than eighteen years old, taunted my father, shouting at him to tell them where he had hid the key.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I imagined what it would be like to be caged most of the day and herded like sheep the rest of the time, to be taunted and bullied by guards and inmates, to be subjected to all kinds of physical indignities, to have absolutely no privacy.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • It was such a shock that he had a moment when he wondered if he was hallucinating, experiencing some taunting flash of vision from his youth.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The laughing workers didn’t notice—they tossed a few more taunts at him and walked on—but Doon knew instantly what he’d done.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • I remembered Du Hai’s taunt.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Which was Puller’s purpose behind the taunts.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Kids felt bolder on the bus because the bus driver was driving and couldn’t do anything to stop the taunting.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • It’s obvious from his taunting remarks that he knows exactly what he was insinuating with the window comment.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I tell myself he must come—he has to—but the clock creeps forward, taunting me, and outside the streets are silent except for the occasional barking of a dog.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The lightning is flashing incessantly outside the window, taunting me every time it lights up the sky.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • When I told her this wasn’t quite right, the rest of the class cackled and taunted Mary all the way back to her seat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Only this time, he wagged his fingers in my direction, taunting.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • There were some boys who made a point of taunting us.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Then how could he have been so cruel to you, taunting you like that, asking you how you lived through it all while so many of the others were"—the word nearly choked me, a clot in my throat, but I managed to get it out—"were gassed.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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