- 1 [with object] Provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate an action or reaction: he was trying to goad her into a fightMore example sentences
- But in any issue, we should be prepared to think carefully, and not let our reaction to extremists goad us into overlooking any Biblical principles that apply.
- When I used to meet him regularly outside the Brompton Oratory after his Sunday devotions, it took little prompting to goad him into a diatribe against his latest enemy.
- I didn't realise that people would attempt to goad us into aggression at regular intervals.
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- 1A spiked stick used for driving cattle.More example sentences
- The Ripon report suggests widespread use of sticks and electric goads, and says that some animals had to be dragged into and out of trucks and lorries.
- These sort of things scare the cattle, and then you have to like do a lot of rough handling to get them to go by there, like a wad of electric goads.
- The spurs on the legs were goads; knee goads, ankle goads, and foot goads.
- 1.1A thing that stimulates someone into action: for him the visit was a goad to renewed effortMore example sentences
- Assimilation properly channeled and exploited can thus become a kind of blessing, for assimilation bears within it a certain seminal power which serves as a challenge and a goad to renewed creativity.
- Second, Richmond promoted private enterprise with numerous official goads and incentives.
- But in the end, methodology was the real goad spurring on most of the participants.
Old English gād, of Germanic origin.