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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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However, it's difficult to imagine that the teasing and taunting is totally harmless.
Sorgen said that while there had been recent discussions about cutting back on taunting and unsportsmanlike penalties, the throat-slashing motion won't be tolerated.
Booing, yelling during foul shots, and taunting from the stands are certainly not what we expect from the home fans, but let's be realistic: These things happen all of the time!
Several incidents at high school basketball games in recent weeks, including a parking lot assault after a North High School-Worcester Technical High School game, have led to increased police presence at city games and efforts by school officials to end taunting and cool tensions.
I suppose the 'Munich' chants are hard to resist when faced with taunts of 'Murderers', but does this excuse the taunting of Alan Smith after the match, or the churlish silence and sporadic booing that greeted Sir Bobby Charlton?
A DOG lover who claims her treasured pet died after constant taunting from gangs of youths says she wants to bring the case before court.
There was no taunting of the English, just jubilation at a match well played.
According to a study published by ABC News, 86% of teens report there is bullying and taunting at school.
THE distraught family of a Protestant teenager killed in north Belfast last night condemned those behind graffiti taunting them about his death.
THE distraught family of a teenager killed in a bicycle tragedy last night condemned sick graffiti taunting them about his death as 'pure evil'.
Last season he responded to a section of Leeds fans taunting him at Old Trafford and was warned about his future conduct by the FA.
237) suggests that the group taunting behavior of ground squirrels against rattlesnakes, to protect their young from predation, is unusual.
Judge John Shand, at Stafford Crown Court, told Purcell: "I accept there was an element of provocation and she was taunting you about your sexual difficulties at a time when you suffered from post-natal depression.
The kid was calling me names, taunting me, bragging.
Two Florida child care workers turned themselves into local authorities this week after a Snapchat video surfaced of them taunting and attacking an 8-year-old autistic boy.