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taunt (one) about (someone or something)

To mock, ridicule, or jeer at one about someone or something. The school bullies taunted Sarah about her brother, who had a severe intellectual disability. They were taunting me about the clothes I wore to work that day.
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taunt (one) into (doing something)

To provoke or incite one to do something by mocking, ridiculing, or jeering at them. The school bullies taunted Sarah into pulling the fire alarm as a prank. I kind of liked my mullet, but everyone at work taunted me into getting it cut.
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taunt (one) with (something)

1. To tease or torment one with something they cannot or should not have; to tantalize one with something. I'm trying to stick to my diet, but my roommate keeps taunting me with all the cakes and cookies she likes to bake. I loved taunting my friends with pictures of sunny beaches while I was on vacation in the Bahamas.
2. To arouse one sexually with something, especially with no intention of engaging in sexual activity with one. I've just never understood the appeal of strip clubs. You pay to go watch women taunt you with their exposed bodies and erotic dances, and then you just leave more sexually frustrated than when you arrived. She kept lifting up her skirt to taunt me with glimpses of her thighs.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

taunt someone about something

to mock, tease, or torment someone about something. Stop taunting me about something that happened years ago! Terry was being taunted about his gaudy tie, so he took it off.
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taunt someone into something

to mock, tease, or torment someone into doing something. The gang taunted Liz into taking unnecessary chances. Don was taunted into leaving the room.
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taunt someone with something

to tease or tantalize someone with something. Jerry taunted Fran with the plate of fudge. Please don't taunt me with food I shouldn't eat.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But there was never an incident of a racist taunt driven by hatred unlike in other countries where acts of discrimination are meant to polarize, harm and create a sense of superiority because of ethnicity.
These attacks are useful as the pushback attacks throw the enemy quite far away which affords you a lot of space to goof around and give them a taunt. If they do attack, the distance will allow you to process the incoming attack and react accordingly.
ATHENS: Centuries before Allied bomber crews began to send gleefully personalized ordnance to Adolf Hitler, it seems ancient skirmishers mastered the art of enemy taunts by slingshot.
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Panfilo Lacson said the mayor's killing was practically a 'taunt' to authorities, noting similar attacks on priests, prosecutors and local officials.
Parents Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray claimed Gray-New Gloucester coach Duane Greaton told his team to taunt their son whenever he was tackled in a recent game by saying, "Who's your daddy?"
THE Spanish Football Federation were today facing an official inquiry into the shocking racist taunts which were repeatedly directed at England's players during their friendly in Madrid.
Sheldon Lee Taunt, 25, of Portland, admitted to the judge that what he did was "extremely stupid." He and his defense lawyer sought leniency, citing Taunt's clean criminal record and the fact that his accomplice, Amber Lynn Williams, 20, of Eugene, wielded the gun.
It doesn't surprise me that "Some furry little creatures are born to taunt rattlesnakes." This warning system is not limited to mammals.
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Squirrels that have lost their resistance to venom still taunt snakes.