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Meaning of goad


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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  goad
      n 1: a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of
           motion [syn: {prod}, {goad}]
      2: a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something;
         "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves" [syn: {goad},
         {goading}, {prod}, {prodding}, {urging}, {spur}, {spurring}]
      v 1: give heart or courage to [syn: {spur}, {goad}]
      2: urge with or as if with a goad
      3: stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick [syn: {goad},
         {prick}]
      4: goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her
         with his sarcastic remarks" [syn: {needle}, {goad}]


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