- From Old Norse eggja (“to incite”), from egg (“edge”)
- A variant of the archaic "edge on."
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egg on (third-person singular simple present eggs on, present participle egging on, simple past and past participle egged on)
- (transitive, idiomatic) To encourage or coax a person to do something, especially something foolhardy or reckless.
- 1908, Robert Louis Stevenson, In the South Seas, ch. 25,
- He resented the idea of interference from those who had . . . egged him on to a new peril.
- 1912, P. G. Wodehouse, The Adventures of Sally, ch. 8,
- She had deliberately egged him on to wreck his prospects.