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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Definitions for goad

  1. To prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
  2. A stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
  3. Anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.

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Citations for goad
The Lakers continue to beat the Suns at their own game. Phoenix entered the series hoping to goad the Lakers into playing at its hyper pace, and the Suns have managed to do that. Sean Deveny, "Total control: Celtics, Lakers Look To Continue Domination" Sporting News
In one breath, the singer would playfully goad the audience, "You're quiet, New York, I'm here to wake you up." Dan Aquilante, "'Rot' the house: Johnny still an easy PiL to swallow", New York Post
Origin of goad
Goad starts out in Old English as gad, "spearhead", and takes on a more figurative meaning as "to prod as if with a spear" in the 1600s.