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Goad (verb)

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To Goad. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To prick or drive with a goad.

  2. To incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to drive forward.

                            Most dangerous
    Is that temptation, that doth goad us on
    To sin in loving virtue.
    Shakesp. Measure for Measure.

            Goaded with most sharp occasions,
    Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
    The use of your own virtues.
    Shak. All's well that ends well.

    Of all that breathes the various progeny,
    Stung with delight, is goaded on by thee.
    Dryden's Lucret.

Sources: Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well (21) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (39)

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