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  • v. To encourage or coax a person to do something, especially something foolhardy or reckless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. urge on; cause to act


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  • He cracked the egg on the ground, and a huge dog bounded out of it-it looked exactly like Mik, my own dog from my own city that I had not seen in the span of eight Feasts of Feasts.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Allah’s law212 between me and her; for it sufficed her not to take my ass, but she must needs egg on the Moorish barber to tear out my eye-teeth and fire me on both temples. —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And the new kitchenmaid had done him a scrambled egg on toast, and Mrs Simpkins had put it across her when she came home, because she said those dried eggs want handling, and the Ram had got its name to keep up.

    The Key

  • MAGNIROSTRIS) deposits her single egg on the sand, merely carelessly whisking aside the casuarina needles for its reception.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • ‘Dear, dear!’ she observed to her maid Célestine who was removing the plate which had held Mrs. Bradley’s egg on toast.

    The Dancing Druids


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

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    April 14, 2010

  • 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