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egg on Informal

Meaning: If you egg someone on, you encourage them to do something foolish or risky.

Synonym: encourage, goad

For example:

  • egg sb on Janice had already had too much to drink, but her friends egged her on, trying to make her drink even more.

  • be egged on by sb If he hadn't been egged on by the other kids, Kenny would never have smoked that first cigarette. He hated the smell.

Quick Quiz:

Jimmy's friends were egging him on as he
  1. cooked their breakfast
  2. did a striptease in the pub
  3. helped an old lady across the road

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