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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 (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.
See also: provoke, to
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The coauthors observed several challenges in comparing their study to previous analyses on recurrent risk, noting that the definition of provoked VTE "varies throughout the literature" and that the majority of VTE studies "provide cumulative incidence proportions and not the actual rates." They also stated that indefinite or extended therapy for all VTE patients comes with its own potential complications.
Parnaik also rejected the Pakistani allegations that the Indian Army raided its posts across the LoC and provoked its forces to retaliate leading to the killing of the two Indian soldiers.
"However, the defendants felt provoked and irritated when the management banned them from weightlifting and smoking in solitary confinements.
.." and then featured the following list of excuses: "You provoked me; I was drunk; I was having a bad day; I hate you; I didn't mean it; I couldn't help it."
"They know what makes me react and they have provoked me.
His defence lawyer argued police did not have a legitimate warrant and provoked him, but prosecutors said the defendant had severely injured another motorist in a hit-and-run and the warrant was legitimate.
"I believe I was provoked and am disappointed in the way a fellow professional reacted."
When we found out, we formed a group of 20 people on the other side of the bridge to warn those who provoked. They started hurling stones, and we responded.
-- Women with complex vulvar pain reported greater decreases in sexual function but similar levels of sexual desire and frequency of intercourse, compared with women with provoked vestibulodynia, a study of 189 women shows.
And she provoked dismay when she said being a head teacher was "a great job" after the union had condemned the excessive pressures of running schools and meeting Government targets.
He was responding to the Archbishop of Canterbury's remarks on Sharia law that have provoked a storm of criticism.
Italy's Marco Materazzi was handed a two-match ban and fined 5000 Swiss francs (pounds 2170) for the insults which were said to have provoked Zinedine Zidane's butt on him in the World Cup Final.
High-level resistance to rifampin (MIC >32 mg/L) in Neisseria meningitidis is provoked by mutations (most frequently at the residue His 552) in the rpoB gene encoding the [beta] subunit of RNA polymerase (1,2).
Coroner Michel Miron declined to disclose the exact cause of death but told the Associated Press that he was hoping to end the "phobia" provoked by the case.