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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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On one hand, Marty himself must fabricate a "cover story" for Visser's $10,000 fee (the accusation that sets Meurice on Ray's trail); on the other, Marty spends some of his last moments gazing at doctored photographs of the ostensibly murdered Ray and Abby, images that, as Visser tauntingly suggests, "would seem to be" direct reflections of reality.
Tauntingly challenging the viewer, a widely smiling teenage girl is seen pointing her finger menacingly in gun-like fashion at the head of her friend.
Offred's mother, reiterating the stereotypical militant feminist rhetoric of the 1980s, tauntingly comments, "What use is a man?
38) Traumatized by this and previous counter-coup attempts, Bouterse began to set up a people's militia, which prompted Cyriel Daal, leader of Suriname's largest union, the Moederbond, to tauntingly inquire whether neither the army, the police nor the people could any longer be trusted.
For years they were slivers Of white, on pink, Tauntingly small.
Dipsychus is anguished not so much about having good or bad experiences, but about the risk involved in having any experiences at all, as the Spirit tauntingly observes:
I stood at the back door and stared at the grass that still needed cutting: it stared back tauntingly, as if saying come and have a go if you think you're hard enough.
The speaker is thus tauntingly urging himself to animate by affirming, paradoxically, the status of an "is" inside himself--incurable eros feels indistinguishable from the self's being--as being merely what a "gust extinguishes" or at least "reduces it.
Code-lined office, attached to his home on the rural outskirts east of Los Angeles, he tells me he's never seen much value in waving your hands in the air tauntingly and bellowing, "Here I am, IRS, and I don't believe in you
A good part of the pleasure of Webb's work comes from its simultaneous seduction and irritation, its presentation of an attractive surface that tauntingly resists effective description.
As they made their way to the bus at the end of the visit, the camp children began pelting the visiting Christian children with stones whilst tauntingly calling them "Christian, Christian" as if it were a term of abuse.
The warders attempt to take this day away from the women, by raiding their cells, tauntingly claiming "You're criminals and Women's Day's got nothing to do with you.
Though Moravalli spends a bit too much time detailing the physical appearances of the big media bigwigs brought to their knees by the Internet revolution (likening Time Warner Cable CEO Joe Collins to the ooky kooky Lurch of The Addams Family, for example), he also infuses what could have been a rather fatuous tome with a wry wit that tauntingly challenges the reader to finish this story of a backwards era when big media was more often than not forced to admit failure, and small upstarts raked in millions on little more than some tech know-how and a dream.
Through a mixed heritage Soyinka's Wole in Ake, Morrison's Sethe and Beloved in Beloved revisit and reorder the chaos of the self, for the abiku-ogbanje has been tauntingly made flesh in these texts.
And he tauntingly added that if it was his child, he wouldn't hesitate.