It was a text message from a friend—which I had goaded him into sending from across the table purely to delight and amaze.
Bill Clinton sanctioned Pakistan for testing the bomb after India goaded it into doing so.
He wisely refused to be goaded into an unnecessary Middle East war.
In the BBC studio, I goaded the anchor to call it once Ohio was in, but he balked at jumping the gun.
Jessi flirted with Barrett, whom she goaded into humiliating Montgomery at work and online.
goaded into fury by the impertinence of a boy, he had used insulting words.
In some places the Protestants were goaded to an appeal to arms.
Lucan was goaded into complicity by the wrongs heaped upon him by Neros jealousy.
On the contrary, it goaded him on, and he finished by unburthening his mind in a flood of words.
He can, when necessary, pester responsible persons till they are goaded into action.
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.