[n] a pointed instrument used to prod into motion
[n] a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
[v] goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
[v] prod or urge as if with a log stick
[v] urge with or as if with a goad
[v] give heart or courage to
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