goad

[gohd]
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:
before 900; Middle English gode, Old English gād; compare Langobardic gaida spearhead

goadlike, adjective
ungoaded, adjective


4. spur, push, impel.
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goad (ɡəʊd)
 
n
1.  a sharp pointed stick for urging on cattle, etc
2.  anything that acts as a spur or incitement
 
vb
3.  (tr) to drive with or as if with a goad; spur; incite
 
[Old English gād, of Germanic origin, related to Old English gār, Old Norse geirr spear]
 
'goadlike
 
adj

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goad
O.E. gad "spearhead," from P.Gmc. *gaido (cf. Lombardic gaida "spear"), from PIE *ghai- (cf. Skt. hetih "missile, projectile," O.Ir. gae "spear"). Figurative use is since 16c., probably from the Bible. The verb is from 1579.
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Goad definition


(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.

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Example sentences
Runners now use the system to challenge one another to virtual races-which, of course, goads them into training harder and longer.
When she tries to stay calm, he goads her until she throws said drink in his face.
Looking back, it is easy to see how the cut and thrust of takeover battles goads bidders into overpaying.
He goads the scientists to make him and others well.
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