On Meet the Press, David Gregory prodded Sen. John McCain about his former running mate and her future in the Republican Party.
The medical team literally poked and prodded the girls while they were in trances, seeing if physical pain could wake them.
Ironically, when prodded, Banks gives me the same line that lover did—just listen to the song.
And prodded by McGettigan, the witness recounted the gifts of clothes and sports equipment Sandusky gave her young son.
prodded by groups like AIPAC, many in Congress criticized Obama for bashing an ally.
Then he took out his big jack-knife and prodded with it clear across the width of the stairway.
I closed them again quickly as some one approached and prodded me with the toe of his boot.
Brigade commander Chernov, prodded by Cardon, jumped to his feet.
He prodded the thing again and again with the hot electrode, and it did not move.
Then, as he did not move, they plucked up courage and came closer, and one prodded him gently with the point of his spear.
1530s, "to poke with a stick," of uncertain origin; possibly [Barnhart] a variant of brod, from Middle English brodden "to goad," from Old Norse broddr "shaft, spike" (see brad), or perhaps imitative [OED]. Figurative sense is recorded from 1871. Related: Prodded; prodding.
1787, "pointed instrument used in prodding;" 1802, "act of prodding;" from prod (v.).