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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I did not react because it was obvious that he was picking on us and trying to provoke us into fighting with him.
I think his reaction was necessary to provoke us into action."
He added: "The council should come and talk to us and not provoke us into this action."
The midfielder said: "We have to be patient and we will not let our opponents provoke us into stupid things.
Laib wants us to receive his work as spiritual and timeless, and all its simplicity, refinement, and reflexivity combine to provoke us into a state of contemplation and stillness.
While the Declaration may not be the definitive answer, it should provoke us into a common forum to ponder the question in all its ramifications.