provoke (one) into (doing something)

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provoke (one) into (doing something)

To incite, stir, or induce one into taking some action. You shouldn't have let the boss provoke you into quitting—now you won't be entitled to any severance pay! They provoked me into retaliating, which gave them the justification they needed to arrest me.
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provoke someone into something

to incite someone into doing something. The soldiers sought to provoke the demonstrators into starting a riot. They provoked us into leaving.
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But there will be enough on Wearside for whom a priority will be to provoke him into doing something rash.
The combative Northampton captain is well aware that Gatland was trying to provoke him into doing something stupid - and he vowed to use the jibes as ammunition.