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on the prod
old-fashioned Having an antagonistic disposition; inclined to start trouble. Primarily heard in US. Some benefit from the structure of school or employment, but Jack gets to be on the prod if ever he feels cooped up or trapped in some way. We saw a group of drunken students on the prod outside of the local bar, so we decided to go somewhere else for our night out.
prod at (someone or something)
To poke or jab someone or something, especially in a gentle or curious manner. Quit prodding at me—I'm awake, for Pete's sake! I don't know why you would prod at a hornet's nest and expect them not to attack you.
prod into (someone or something)
1. To poke, jab, or thrust into someone or something. Someone's elbow kept prodding into me for the whole train ride. I would never get a tattoo—the thought of a needle prodding into my skin over and over again gives me the heebie-jeebies.
2. To poke, jab, or thrust someone or something into some place or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "prod" and "into." I used a metal rod to prod the books into the furnace. The guards prodded the prisoners into their cells with their batons.
3. To motivate, goad, provoke, or compel someone into some action, status, or situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "prod" and "into." Hearing everyone else's moving testimonies has prodded me into opening up about my own experiences a bit more. The attack has prodded governments from around the world into action against the regime.
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prod at someone or something
to poke at someone or something. The boys prodded at the prone body of the man to see if he was dead or sleeping. If you prod at the turtle, it will never come out of its shell.
prod someone into something
to motivate someone into doing something; to provoke someone into action. Do I have to prod you into going? Can't you volunteer for once? We will prod her into getting it done on time.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
on the prodlooking for trouble. North American informal
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1. n. a reminder. She gave me a little prod about the report that is due Monday.
2. tv. to remind someone (about something). Stop prodding me about these minor matters.
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