goad (someone) into (something)

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goad (someone) into (something)

To taunt, tease, or otherwise coerce someone into taking some action. Billy, don't let your friends goad you into doing anything stupid.
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goad someone into something

to urge or coerce someone into doing something. Don't try to goad me into it. I just won't do it! We goaded Mary into going with us.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

goad into

To induce someone to do something through prodding or threat of embarrassment: I didn't want to steal the candy bar, but the other kids goaded me into it.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Those who are jealous of his achievements, those who have lost battles to him will seek to goad us into over-scrutinising him, so that we just may settle for another mediocre leader.
Our professor would goad us into the thought that positions and prizes are secondary, and at times, unimportant in life.
So, the recipients aren't surprised, nor reactive, at this point in the short maturation period of email as a major (the major?) medium of force-communication, to encounter the heavy type that's supposed to goad us into "applying": "Reach your peak.
In 1940, as Olson's book documents, anti-interventionists deplored the cunning British "plutocrats" and "imperialists," who had lured us into the blood bath of World War I and now wanted to goad us into another one.
I believe that our values and ideals can certainly goad us into action and help us to contribute our mite in the fight
They goad us into spending trillions that bring little results in nine years.
The play doesn't completely work: Several scenes in the second act don't really serve any dramatic purpose, and the play is so full of surprises in its first hour that the little pointless asides later on goad us into toe-tapping impatience.
If the insurgents goad us into levelling buildings and homes, the people inside then hate us (if they did not before) and we have created more guerrilla recruits.
Daydreams undeniably goad us into the little bit of extra effort needed if we're to move closer to achieving them.
Her husband added: "These people know that anyone's first instinct is to try and protect our children under any circumstances so by attacking them, they are trying to goad us into reacting.