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  • verb transitive, idiomatic To encourage or coax a person to do something, especially something foolhardy or reckless.

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  • verb urge on; cause to act


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  • As for Scipio, he never sat down, but was here, there, and everywhere, fetching and carrying, changing plates and filling bumpers, urging the company to call freely for what they wanted, and egging them on to mirth and jollity.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 9

    October 9, 2008

  • Shee set men about him to incense and egge him on in courses of discontentment.

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    April 14, 2010