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urge someone along

to encourage someone to continue or go faster. We urged them along with much encouragement. They won't do well, but we urged them along anyway.
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urge someone forward

to encourage someone to move forward. The generals urged the troops forward. Sally urged Timmy forward into the classroom.
See also: forward, urge

urge someone to do something

to try to get someone to do something. I urge you to give skiing a try. Ken urged Lily to finish her dinner.
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urge something (up)on someone

to try to get someone to take something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Arnold urged the new policy on the employees. He urged restraint upon them.
See also: on, urge

urge on

v.
To move or impel someone or something to action, effort, or speed: The orator urged on the excited crowd to applaud even more loudly. The travelers were tired of walking, but the thought of a hot meal and warm bed urged them on.
See also: on, urge

the urge to purge

n. the need to throw up. Pete felt the urge to purge and ran for the john.
See also: purge, urge
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The sum of what has been here advanced and proved is, that the charge against the convention of exceeding their powers, except in one instance little urged by the objectors, has no foundation to support it; that if they had exceeded their powers, they were not only warranted, but required, as the confidential servants of their country, by the circumstances in which they were placed, to exercise the liberty which they assume; and that finally, if they had violated both their powers and their obligations, in proposing a Constitution, this ought nevertheless to be embraced, if it be calculated to accomplish the views and happiness of the people of America.
how seductive to a female ear is the first declaration of an attachment, especially when urged by youth and merit
I questioned Juag upon the feasibility of attempting to cross to the mouth of the great river of which he had told me, and up which he said we might paddle almost to Sari; but he urged me not to attempt it, since we had but a single paddle and no water or food.
Somewhere behind her upon the broad river she was sure a long, narrow native prahu was being urged forward in pursuit, and that in command of it was the young giant who was now never for a moment absent from her thoughts.
Barunda and Ninaka urged their men on, with brief rests, all day, nor did they halt even after night had closed down upon the river.
he thought, and not to give way to his terror he urged on the horse still more, peering into the snowy darkness in which he saw only flitting and fitful points of light.
So Martin thought, and so he spoke when Brissenden urged him to give them hell.
The life that was so swiftly expanding within him, urged him continually toward the wall of light.
His health having been perfect during all that time, he had been unable to discern any validity in whatever may or might have been urged to lure him astray from his counter and it is related that once when he was summoned to the county seat as a witness in an important law case and did not attend, the lawyer who had the hardihood to move that he be "admonished" was solemnly informed that the Court regarded the proposal with "surprise.
And having eaten of the forbidden fruit, Eve urged Adam too to eat, for it seemed to her that a fair new life was open to her.
Geological research, though it has added numerous species to existing and extinct genera, and has made the intervals between some few groups less wide than they otherwise would have been, yet has done scarcely anything in breaking down the distinction between species, by connecting them together by numerous, fine, intermediate varieties; and this not having been effected, is probably the gravest and most obvious of all the many objections which may be urged against my views.
He sought to placate her; he urged his friendly intentions, and craned his neck to have a look at Teeka's balu; but the she-ape was not to be persuaded that he meant other than harm to her little one.
He urged on his mare, and to his delight felt that she easily quickened her pace, and the thud of Gladiator's hoofs was again heard at the same distance away.
As great men are urged on to the abuse of power (when they need urging, which is not often), by their flatterers and dependents, so old John was impelled to these exercises of authority by the applause and admiration of his Maypole cronies, who, in the intervals of their nightly pipes and pots, would shake their heads and say that Mr Willet was a father of the good old English sort; that there were no new-fangled notions or modern ways in him; that he put them in mind of what their fathers were when they were boys; that there was no mistake about him; that it would be well for the country if there were more like him, and more was the pity that there were not; with many other original remarks of that nature.
What had already fallen from her, however, had not only piqued his curiosity, but seriously alarmed him, wherefore he urged her to tell him the worst at once.