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goad
used in A Thousand Acres

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Definition
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
  • The feeling of shame that was still animating my flesh with goading particularity and self-consciousness—it would be enough for that to dissipate.
    p. 210.1
  • You'll just goad him on!"
    p. 34.8
  • There was a way in which I could look at my life as an unending battle to make friends, and the girls' worries resonated with my own, worries that came in waves, sometimes pricking me and goading me until all I could think was that there were parties all over the county that I wasn't being invited to, and tempting me to drive around to the farms of all our friends, just to see the truth at last.
    p. 87.0
  • To work at a daily task and sense this was a goading, prickling pleasure for me, invested significance in the plates I was rinsing and the leftovers I was scraping into the garbage can.
    p. 160.9
  • I felt another animal in myself, a horse haltered in a tight stall, throwing its head and beating its feet against the floor, but the beams and the bars and the halter rope hold firm, and the horse wears itself out, and accepts the restraint that moments before had been an unendurable goad.
    p. 198.9
  • At home, it was galling to think of how others were talking about us, bad enough to think of their ridicule or disapproval, but worse to think how they were surely entertained by us, how this stinging, goading, angry self-consciousness that impelled me every day, every minute, to seek relief was nothing to them, something they couldn't feel and hardly ever gave a thought to.
    p. 247.6
  • I can't say that I forgive my father, but now I can imagine what he probably chose never to remember—the goad of an un thinkable urge, pricking him, pressing him, wrapping him in an impenetrable fog of self that must have seemed, when he wandered around the house late at night after working and drinking, like the very darkness.
    p. 370.9

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