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taunt someone about something

to mock, tease, or torment someone about something. Stop taunting me about something that happened years ago! Terry was being taunted about his gaudy tie, so he took it off.
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taunt someone into something

to mock, tease, or torment someone into doing something. The gang taunted Liz into taking unnecessary chances. Don was taunted into leaving the room.
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taunt someone with something

to tease or tantalize someone with something. Jerry taunted Fran with the plate of fudge. Please don't taunt me with food I shouldn't eat.
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References in classic literature ?
The apes, watching the grim race from the safety of the trees, screamed taunts at Numa and warnings to Tarzan.
He was very savage indeed; but his despoilers were well out of his reach, and after hurling a few taunts and missiles at him they swung away through the trees, fiercely reviling him.
Inspector Julie Hillman said: "Having members of the public taunt somebody who is clearly in a distressed state as we did today is completely unacceptable.
Well fans spilled on to the pitch while the fight was going on and gathered in front of Gers supporters to taunt them about their 3-0 defeat.
Mourinho in February responded to comments by Wenger with the verbal taunt, which was pored over as the managers' relationship was analysed once more.
Emory Taunt set out with high hopes to explore the Congo River region's commercial potential.
Over the next 24 hours he took to the social networking site to taunt officers trying to track him down - and hinted he may go to Spain.
I don't think my son would do something like taunt animals," Carlos Sousa told ABC's Good Morning America.
But when they aggressively taunt mourners at funerals in a way that is the most hurtful they can possibly devise, then is that not behavior?
Several of the Northeast's least ferocious forest creatures taunt rattlesnakes.
Not only are feelings hurt when kids taunt other children, but experts say victims lose out on a good education and social life.
Her tormentor, a popular girl at school, loved to taunt Karen about the way she spoke and about her home life.
Sheldon Lee Taunt, 25, of Portland, admitted to the judge that what he did was "extremely stupid.
I have seen my own stepchildren taunt others because they wear the "wrong" clothes or are not exactly Michael Jordan on the basketball court.
MATIJA NASTASIC will resist the urge to taunt fellow countryman and Manchester rival Nemanja Vidic if he wins the FA Cup against Wigan on Saturday.