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to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
  • The fact was that Rose hadn't complained of him hitting her in about four years—he had reformed after he broke her arm, and there was no reason to believe that he was more likely to strike out tonight than any other of the nights in the last four years when Rose had acted provoking.
    p. 141.1

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