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goad

[gohd] /goʊd/
noun
1.
a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
2.
anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
3.
something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.
verb (used with object)
4.
to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English gode, Old English gād; compare Langobardic gaida spearhead
Related forms
goadlike, adjective
ungoaded, adjective
Synonyms
4. spur, push, impel.
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Examples from the web for goad
  • This is what she wants, what she's tried to goad me to all evening.
  • It does not matter if they were trying to goad you or not.
  • Let me try to goad him, then, into answering a question for me.
  • Having nothing to contribute, your stock-in-trade is to try and goad people by making things personal.
  • Godard said he did not intentionally hit Neil with his stick, but he did concede that he was trying to goad him into a fight.
  • Is that temptation that doth goad us on.
  • The goal was to goad the body into producing its own defenses against cancer.
  • With his long spear he drove the bulls before him as with a goad.
  • Regulations were the goad at first, but more recently some companies have made environmental performance a competitive tool.
  • Outside, a worker standing waist-deep in the raceway crowded the fish toward a hydraulic pump, using a broom to goad stragglers.
British Dictionary definitions for goad

goad

/ɡəʊd/
noun
1.
a sharp pointed stick for urging on cattle, etc
2.
anything that acts as a spur or incitement
verb
3.
(transitive) to drive with or as if with a goad; spur; incite
Derived Forms
goadlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English gād, of Germanic origin, related to Old English gār, Old Norse geirr spear
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Word Origin and History for goad
n.

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.

v.

1570s, from goad (n.); earliest use is figurative. Related: Goaded; goading.

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goad in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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