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informal why had she allowed Leo to needle her into telling him?
goad, provoke, bait, taunt, pester, harass, prick, prod, sting; irritate, annoy, anger, vex, irk, nettle, pique, exasperate, infuriate, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, get/put someone's back up, ruffle someone's feathers, try someone's patience
informal aggravate, rile, niggle, get in someone's hair, hassle, get to, bug, miff, peeve, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, hack off
North American informal ride
vulgar slang piss off
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
fear of needles