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Meaning of goad

goad

Pronunciation: (gōd), [key]
— n.
  1. a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
  2. anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
  3. something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.
—v.t.
  1. to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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