One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Cassie prodded him in the chest’
poke, jab, dig, nudge, elbow, butt, push, stab
2‘the campaign was intended to prod the government into action’
spur, stimulate, stir, rouse, prompt, drive, push, galvanize, move, motivate, encourage, persuade, urge, chivvy, impel, actuate
incite, goad, egg on, provoke
1‘a sharp prod in the ribs’
poke, jab, dig, nudge, butt, push, shove, thrust
2‘you need a gentle prod to remind you that life is only what you make it’
stimulus, push, prompt, reminder, prompting, spur, motivation
3‘an electric cattle prod’
goad, stick, spike
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