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prod at someone or something

to poke at someone or something. The boys prodded at the prone body of the man to see if he was dead or sleeping. If you prod at the turtle, it will never come out of its shell.
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prod someone into something

to motivate someone into doing something; to provoke someone into action. Do I have to prod you into going? Can't you volunteer for once? We will prod her into getting it done on time.
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on the prod

looking for trouble. North American informal
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1. n. a reminder. She gave me a little prod about the report that is due Monday.
2. tv. to remind someone (about something). Stop prodding me about these minor matters.
References in classic literature ?
said Mr Verloc, with no more effort than if he were whispering; and Mr Vladimir burst into a laugh on seeing the policeman spin round as if prodded by a sharp instrument.
Jukes to start as though it had been prodded under the fifth rib.
Mr and Mrs Lammle have walked for some time on the Shanklin sands, and one may see by their footprints that they have not walked arm in arm, and that they have not walked in a straight track, and that they have walked in a moody humour; for, the lady has prodded little spirting holes in the damp sand before her with her parasol, and the gentleman has trailed his stick after him.
Interestingly, it was the fear of failure that prodded Livingston to his best performance of the season.
As the pair walked from the field the Turk had prodded the Real Madrid star in the face.
Milne prodded in a half-hearted clearance deep into injury time for the fifth.