provoke (one) to

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provoke (one) to

1. To incite, stir, or induce one to take some action. You shouldn't have let the boss provoke you to quit—now you won't be entitled to any severance pay! They provoked me to retaliate, which gave them the justification they needed to arrest me.
2. To incite, stir, or induce one to some hostile or incensed emotional state or response. Her words at the funeral provoked me to anger. Do not provoke the lord of the manor to wrath.
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That leaves "Pure Confidence," the only show here this year that might provoke someone to open a checkbook.
Obviously, each situation is different, but it's hard to argue that we shouldn't defend the United States from missile attacks because the task is too difficult or will provoke someone to attack who otherwise would not.
I don't know the history between John Hartson and Eyal Berkovic but nothing should provoke someone to such an extent that they turn around and kick someone in the head.