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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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As she tauntingly congratulates him on what must be his coming marriage and his "'charming mother-in-law'" to be, he listens "with perfect indifference" (27).
Lahore, Oct 2 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has tauntingly welcomed former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's announcement of re-entering politics, saying that he should return to Pakistan as well, so that the masses, annoyed at his policies, may extend him his due reception in a worthwhile way.
If child does not comply, eat ice cream tauntingly in front of ice-cream-less child while wearing all her Silly Bandz.
A sky-hawk that tauntingly had followed the main-truck downwards from its natural home among the stars, pecking at the flag, and incommoding Tashtego there; this bird now chanced to intercept its broad fluttering wing between the hammer and the wood; and simultaneously feeling that ethereal thrill, the submerged savage beneath, in his death-gasp, kept his hammer frozen there; and so the bird of heaven, with archangelic shrieks, and his imperial beak thrust upwards, and his whole captive form folded in the flag of Ahab, went down with his ship, which, like Satan, would not sink to hell till she had dragged a living part of heaven along with her, and helmeted herself with it.
Have you thought of the night, now, in other times, in foreign countries--in Paris," he tauntingly asks (81).
Some of the members who are annoyed over the attitude of the chairperson tauntingly said that Ms Fauzia Wahab wants to avenge her poor performance in TV talk shows from members of the Committee.
After two more years, the utility raised its offer to $38, which was close but still tauntingly short of what would have worked.
255) in which he sees himself, Portia tauntingly interrupts,
The terrorists and their state sponsors tauntingly encourage large-scale nation-state retaliation.
Worst of all, there was Jack Nicholson, who grinned tauntingly from his courtside seats in the Fabulous Forum.
Cakes, flans and tarts sit tauntingly on another table, while hand-picked tisanes such as lemon verbene, lavender and camomile, fresh from the hotel's herb garden, are available to flavour hot drinks.
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.
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.
Another of Tolstoy's variations, "The French lost the battle of Borodino because Napoleon had a cold" (PSS 13: 220), paraphrases Voltaire's famous joke in which he tauntingly remarked that "St.
Offred's mother, reiterating the stereotypical militant feminist rhetoric of the 1980s, tauntingly comments, "What use is a man?