stir to

stir to (something)

1. To cause liquid, substance, or mixture to enter some state by stirring. A noun or pronoun is used between "stir" and "to." He stirred the milk to a steaming froth. You must stir the mixture to a thick, viscous consistency before it is ready to be spread on the cake.
2. To excite, rouse, or provoke someone into some state or condition. A noun or pronoun is used between "stir" and "to." The politician stirred the crowd to a frenzy with her rhetoric. His invigorating words stirred us all to action.
See also: stir, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stir someone (in)to something

to excite someone into doing something. The events of the day stirred everyone into action. The danger stirred them to action.
See also: stir, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Add 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch strips and stir to coat with mixture.
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Meanwhile, cook the rice for 2 minutes in the microwave, then add to the wok and stir to combine.
Add the pinches of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves and stir to combine.
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Add broth and apple butter; stir to free browned drippings.