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1‘they poked him in the ribs’
prod, jab, dig, nudge, tap, butt, ram, shove, punch, prick, jolt
thrust, stab, push, plunge, stick, insert, drive, lunge
2‘leave the cable poking out of the wall’
stick out, jut out, stand out, protrude, project, extend, loom
1‘Carrie gave him a poke’
prod, jab, dig, elbow, nudge, tap, butt
2‘a poke in the eye with a stick’
thrust, push, jab, shove, plunge, insertion
‘you've no right to go poking around in that cupboard’
search, hunt, forage, scrabble, grub, root about, root around, scavenge, fish about, fish around, rake around, feel around, grope around, nose around, ferret, ferret about, ferret around
pry into, ransack, rake through, sift through, go through, shuffle through, rifle through, scour, comb, explore, probe
‘they giggled and poked fun at Eleanor’
mock, make fun of, laugh at, make jokes about, ridicule, jeer at, sneer at, deride, treat with contempt, treat contemptuously, scorn, laugh to scorn, scoff at, pillory, be sarcastic about, satirize, lampoon, burlesque, parody, tease, taunt, rag, make a monkey of, chaff, jibe at
make sport of
joke, quiz, flout
send up, kid, rib, josh
wind up, take the mickey out of
goof on, rag on, razz, pull someone's chain
poke mullock at, sling off at, chiack
‘she was poking her nose into something that did not concern her’
pry into, interfere in, nose around in, intrude on, butt into, meddle with, tamper with
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