egg 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)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To encourage or coax a person to do something, especially something foolhardy or reckless.
    • 1892, Lesslie Hall (translator), chapter 35, in Beowulf:
      Then I heard that at morning one brother the other / With edges of irons egged on to murder,
    • 1908, Robert Louis Stevenson, chapter 25, in In the South Seas:
      He resented the idea of interference from those who had [] egged him on to a new peril.
    • 1912, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 8, in The Adventures of Sally:
      She had deliberately egged him on to wreck his prospects.

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