urge on(redirected from urging someone on)
1. To prompt, compel, encourage, or plead with one to take some action. I was hesitant to testify, but my wife urged me on. We stood at the end of the race to cheer and urge the athletes on for their final stretch. Every time we paused to rest, the officers urged us on.
2. To prompt, compel, or encourage one to take or use something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "urge" and "on." I wish they would quit urging these newfangled operating systems on us. I hated having to urge unnecessary plans and upgrades on customers when I worked in retail.
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urge something (up)on someone
to try to get someone to take something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Arnold urged the new policy on the employees. He urged restraint upon them.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To move or impel someone or something to action, effort, or speed: The orator urged on the excited crowd to applaud even more loudly. The travelers were tired of walking, but the thought of a hot meal and warm bed urged them on.
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