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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Cape Town, July 3(ANI): Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has dismissed Brazil defender Felipe Melo's claims that Arjen Robben had provoked him into a stamp during Fridays' World Cup quarterfinal between the two teams.