He knew how to improvise, how to lead a fellow actor into a state of mind, how to goad them into their best performances.
Maybe the public display of pro-Gaddafi sentiments acts as a goad for the killings.
Social and cultural insecurity has also served as a goad to Mormon productivity and achievement.
They had no rowels, but were made with a simple point like a goad, and were fastened with leathers.
The contempt he did not trouble to dissemble served but to goad them on.
His imperturbability always ‘had the effect of a goad upon his father’s temper.
But the spur, though it pricked, did not goad him into any action.
She is the woman who will not, consciously or unconsciously, goad her husband to money-making.
Do you think you can goad a man to desperation and leave him as cool as when you began?
Only the most merciless of rowelling could goad the jaded beast out of a jog except for short spurts.
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.