He knew how to improvise, how to lead a fellow actor into a state of mind, how to goad them into their best performances.
Maybe the public display of pro-Gaddafi sentiments acts as a goad for the killings.
Social and cultural insecurity has also served as a goad to Mormon productivity and achievement.
They had no rowels, but were made with a simple point like a goad, and were fastened with leathers.
Their legal status was, as it were, a goad, spurring them on to show their horror of it.
His imperturbability always ‘had the effect of a goad upon his father’s temper.
To mend the sail on the yard; figuratively, to goad or remind forcibly.
She is the woman who will not, consciously or unconsciously, goad her husband to money-making.
You couldn't have got these women out of their homes without the goad of poverty.
Only the most merciless of rowelling could goad the jaded beast out of a jog except for short spurts.
Old English gad "point, spearhead, arrowhead," from Proto-Germanic *gaido (cf. Lombardic gaida "spear"), from PIE *ghei- (cf. Sanskrit hetih "missile, projectile," himsati "he injures;" Avestan zaena- "weapon;" Greek khaios "shepherd's staff;" Old English gar "spear;" Old Irish gae "spear"). Figurative use is since 16c., probably from the Bible.
1570s, from goad (n.); earliest use is figurative. Related: Goaded; goading.
(Heb. malmad, only in Judg. 3: 31), an instrument used by ploughmen for guiding their oxen. Shamgar slew six hundred Philistines with an ox-goad. "The goad is a formidable weapon. It is sometimes ten feet long, and has a sharp point. We could now see that the feat of Shamgar was not so very wonderful as some have been accustomed to think." In 1 Sam. 13:21, a different Hebrew word is used, _dorban_, meaning something pointed. The expression (Acts 9:5, omitted in the R.V.), "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks", i.e., against the goad, was proverbial for unavailing resistance to superior power.