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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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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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Cotterill got one over on the terrace taunters when he slotted home the penalty to seal his former club's win - and would surely secure a place in Swansea folklore if he grabbed a winner this time.
Ian Westlake dragged his shot badly wide after springing the off-side trap and Wolves old-boy Adam Proudlock nearly silenced his terrace taunters when his turn and shot whistled a lick of paint wide of the upright.
The best thing he can do is stay in Italy, earn a fortune, continue to excel, and, through his prowess on the field, throw the racists jibes back in his taunters' ugly faces.
And an even more jarring reminder that they gifted the most golden of opportunities to those Leicester taunters two seasons ago.
Amid the euphoria of a Match of the Day victory over Preston, Graham had declared he wanted Manchester United or their like in the next round rather than " a Mickey Mouse match." So the Rochdaler fans donned costumes in their scores and lay in wait for their part-time taunters.
Not only did Scholes silence the Toon taunters in his own, inimitable fashion but the fired-up Old Trafford outfit rammed the critics' words down their throats with three gleeful, sublime strikes.
As the classic verbal taunters such as Ian Chappell, Merv Hughes and Steve Waugh recoiled in horror, Aussie cricketing chiefs said their countrymen wanted them to behave like their 'champion' golfers and swimmers.