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goad (someone or something) on

1. To physically encourage someone or something to continue moving, as by physical prodding. I had to goad the dogs on when they tried to lie down at the end of our street.
2. To taunt, tease, or otherwise coerce someone into proceeding. My friends tried to goad me on, but I knew I'd had enough to drink for the night.
3. To coax or encourage someone into proceeding. The audience started clapping, in an attempt to goad the frightened kids on.
See also: goad, on

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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goad someone on

to urge someone onward, possibly with jeers or challenges; to urge someone to continue. (Usually in this order.) The cheering crowd goaded the team on to victory. I goaded Jed on to taking the risk.
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goad into

v.
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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goad on

v.
1. To make someone or something move by prodding or poking: The farmer goaded the cattle on.
2. To urge someone to continue something through prodding or threat of embarrassment: I didn't want to sing any more, but the crowd goaded me on.
See also: goad, on
References in classic literature ?
Here was the appearance and the scent of a man-thing and Numa had tasted of human flesh and learned that though not the most palatable it was certainly by far the easiest to secure, yet there was that in the bestial growls of the strange creature which reminded him of formidable antagonists and gave him pause, while his hunger and the odor of the hot flesh of Bara goaded him almost to madness.
"Do you call it idiotic to refuse to marry a man I don't love?" said Anne coldly, goaded to reply.
Worms will turn, and even meek, mild, obedient little souls like Cecily may be goaded to the point of wild, sheer rebellion.
When he has nothing left, must not his desires, crowding in the nest like young ravens, be crying aloud for food; and he, goaded on by them, and especially by love himself, who is in a manner the captain of them, is in a frenzy, and would fain discover whom he can defraud or despoil of his property, in order that he may gratify them?
SICK: Lads lay into each other; VIOLENT: Man goads the boys; TORMENT: The kicking begins; JAB: Pair square up to each other; ATTACK: Boy launches assault; STAMP: Boy cowers in fear; HEADLOCK: As fight escalates; TERROR: One of boys screams; TERRIFIED: One of the fighting youngsters
Bearing's treatment and her internal review of her life's work with words: increasing her vocabulary as a 5-year-old Beatrix Potter fan and apprenticing with a professor (Helen Stenborg) who goads her into an appreciation of the metaphysics of punctuation in Donne's most famous sonnet, "Death, Be Not Proud." Although the playwright doesn't specify, we are free to read Dr.
Finger-garland himself exclaimed: `There are some who tame with beatings, some with goads and some with whips; but I was tamed by such alone who has no weapon.'
At last the Poet, changed by eternity Into himself, goads with a naked sword The century, dismayed that it ignored In that amazing voice, death's victory.