verb (prods, prodding, prodded)[with object]
- 1Poke with a finger, foot, or pointed object: he prodded her in the ribs [no object]: she took up a fork and prodded at the foodMore example sentences
- I poked and prodded at these sites in hopes to locate some remaining muscle tissue, but very little was found.
- Olivia poked and prodded at me for a few minutes as she tried to make sure that she knew what to fix and what to leave.
- Wind picks at a stray lace; I uncoil a hand from jacket cuff, poke out a finger and prod the lace back beside ankle under my foot, moving my foot slightly to make it stay in.
- 1.1Stimulate or persuade (someone who is reluctant or slow) to do something: they attempted to prod the central bank into cutting interest ratesMore example sentences
- The August 28, 1963 March on Washington was planned to prod a reluctant Congress to enact a comprehensive civil rights bill.
- The main caveat here is to refrain from using hypnosis to prod a reluctant client/patient into this type of therapy.
- Nobody was in a hurry and none was seen prodding the organisers to get on with the item.
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- 1A poke with a finger, foot, or pointed object: he gave the wire netting an experimental prodMore example sentences
- After a few prods and pokes, he gave an injection for the pain, sat at his desk, lifted the phone and ordered the air ambulance.
- With appropriate physical gentleness, have a poke and a prod and check out the territory.
- But it was just a question of getting on with it with pokes and prods.
- 1.1An act of stimulating or reminding someone to do something: you need a gentle prod to remind you that life is only what you make itMore example sentences
- This is a gentle prod to the player to quickly finish off the game.
- A card full of love and silly jokes, and a gentle prod to point me back to my Bible, starting with the bits that I love.
- It is the force by which all wrongful things are repelled from us, the sharp prod which spurs the dullards onward.
- 2A pointed implement, typically one discharging an electric current and used as a goad: a cattle prodMore example sentences
- Some writers have suggested that electric prods should never be used or should be used sparingly.
- The US soldiers wouldn't let him get back in the line and beat him with long batons and electric cattle prods.
- It said the ‘state thugs’ beat people with batons and electric cattle prods, injuring around a dozen people, including one person whose foot was broken.
on the prod
- North American • informal Looking for trouble: a gangster on the prodMore example sentences
- Tate, yes, for he's a mean one, handy with a gun and always on the prod.
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- In The Philippines Britain even sells their corrupt government torture instruments to keep the peasants in line like industrial cattle prodders and electrodes under various loop holes.
- Do electric prodders ‘spark’ when earthed, and can they be earthed, even lightly, without delivering the full jolt?
- He's been such a persistent presidential prodder on the issue, he's earned the ultimate accolade, a White House nickname: ‘The Pest.’
mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps symbolic of a short poking movement, or a blend of poke1 and dialect brod 'to goad, prod'. The noun dates from the mid 18th century.