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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 ?
They coiled and threw their fiber-ropes; they hurled taunts and insults at an imaginary foe; they fell upon the carcass of the thag and literally tore it to pieces; and they ceased only when, gorged, they could no longer move.
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.
What do you taunt me about going to keep a clerk for?
What do you taunt me, after three hours' talk last night, with going to keep a clerk for?
HARTFORD -- A school principal said Tuesday that members of his high school's football team were subjected to racist taunts from a group of adults in an eastern Connecticut town where his team had just played an away game and lost.
VITALI Klitschko is determined to set up a heavyweight showdown with David Haye after revealing he had been disgusted at the Londoner's taunts towards his brother Wladimir.
A SCRAP dealer who was allegedly at his wits' end over his wife's taunts and quarrels killed her at Janakpuri in west Delhi on Friday night.
THE story of David Askew who died last week after years of cruel taunts from children in his neighbourhood reduced me to tears.
But neighbours told The People of a decade of ridicule suffered by Mr Askew, who collapsed and died after yet more taunts in his garden in Hattersley, Greater Manchester.
The taunts and shouts of "scum" must have been very intimidating, even though in the end he wasn't called to testify.
POLICE officers taking part in today's protest over pay have been told not to react to taunts from anarchist groups planning to hijack the march.
Think about it Sarah, there's not much logic in her taunts, is there?
Not only was she attacked but she had to endure taunts while it happened.
I would accept that if you would also urge Jews, homosexuals, Muslims and the Irish to accept jokes and even taunts against them in the same way, or the English to accept merely taunts by Australians or by Europeans