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goad

verb [T] uk   /ɡəʊd/ us    /ɡoʊd/
to make a person or an animal react or do something by continuously annoying or upsetting them: Will the pressure applied by environmentalists be enough to goad the industrialized nations into using less fossil fuels? He refused to be goaded by their insults. The team were goaded on by their desire to be first to complete the course. A group of children were goading (= laughing at or pushing) another child in the school playground.
goad
noun [S] uk   us  
The thought of exams next week is a great goad to the students to work hard.
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