Indeed, they may play important roles in goading the men to action.
After minutes of stunned silence and a bit of goading, the crowd closed their eyes and followed her lead.
They will be on hand to essentially coach contestants along, goading their best performance(s) out of them.
Which is precisely why Obama is goading the Republicans to do it.
You are saved from a grilling, goading, or grounding for some overtly selfish actions.
And when the realization did come it had the effect of goading them on to more furious effort.
The taunting voice was always in the boss's ears, goading him to blind fury.
They were exclaiming loudly against the gentry and the soldiers, and were goading one another on with incendiary speeches.
Then the thought of Sally came back to him, goading him and confusing him.
See how they have driven the Circassians into a war, to massacre them; look how they are goading on the Poles to insurrection.
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.