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Phrasal Verbs

egg on

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. cooked their breakfast

b. did a striptease in the pub

c. helped an old lady across the road

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