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 for goad
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Goad \Goad\, n. [AS. g[=a]d; perh. akin to AS. g[=a]r a dart,
     and E. gore. See Gore, v. t.]
     A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any
     necessity that urges or stimulates.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The daily goad urging him to the daily toil.
                                                    --Macaulay.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Goad \Goad\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Goaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Goading.]
     To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to
     rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming;
     to stimulate.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           That temptation that doth goad us on.    --Shak.
  
     Syn: To urge; stimulate; excite; arouse; irritate; incite;
          instigate.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  goad
      n 1: a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of
           motion [syn: prod, goad]
      2: a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something;
         "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves" [syn: goad,
         goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring]
      v 1: give heart or courage to [syn: spur, goad]
      2: urge with or as if with a goad
      3: stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick [syn: goad,
         prick]
      4: goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her
         with his sarcastic remarks" [syn: needle, goad]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  104 Moby Thesaurus words for "goad":
     actuate, animate, assault, bear, bear upon, boost, buck, bull,
     bulldoze, bump, bump against, bunt, butt, butt against, cage,
     catalyst, coerce, compel, compulsion, corral, cram, crowd, desire,
     dig, drive, drive on, drove, egg on, elbow, exhort, flog, force,
     forward, gad, gadfly, give an impetus, give momentum, herd, hurtle,
     hustle, impel, impetus, impulse, impulsion, incentive, incitation,
     incite, incitement, instigate, jab, jam, jog, joggle, jolt, jostle,
     lash, lust, motivate, motivation, move, needle, nudge, oxgoad,
     passion, pile drive, poke, power, press, prick, prod, prompt,
     propel, punch, punch cattle, push, put in motion, ram, ram down,
     rattle, ride herd on, round up, rowel, run, run against,
     set agoing, set going, set in motion, shake, shepherd, shoulder,
     shove, sic, spur, stimulant, sting, stress, tamp, thrust, urge,
     whip, whip on, whiplash, wrangle, zeal
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Goad
     (Heb. malmad, only in Judg. 3: 31), an instrument used by
     ploughmen for guiding their oxen. Shamgar slew six hundred
     Philistines with an ox-goad. "The goad is a formidable weapon.
     It is sometimes ten feet long, and has a sharp point. We could
     now see that the feat of Shamgar was not so very wonderful as
     some have been accustomed to think."
     
       In 1 Sam. 13:21, a different Hebrew word is used, _dorban_,
     meaning something pointed. The expression (Acts 9:5, omitted in
     the R.V.), "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks",
     i.e., against the goad, was proverbial for unavailing resistance
     to superior power.
     

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