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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It is expected on the part of the police to show maximum tolerance especially if some people are trying to provoke them into doing something against the law, Mayor said Thursday, a day after the Napolcom relieved Paglinawan of her post as acting Napolcom-NCR administrative division chief and placed her under investigation.
There is, of course, a dastardly conspiracy theory about all this - that, contrary to their public protestations, Messrs Cameron and Osborne actually want the Scots to vote 'Yes' to independence in order to ensure permanent Conservative government south of the border, and that both this week's and last week's speeches are designed to provoke them into doing so.
In the book, Chua admits that anything below an A in all classes was unacceptable and that she used accusatory words like lazy and pathetic to provoke them into doing an A grade worth of a job.