Definition of Egg on
1. Verb. Urge on; cause to act. "They egg on him to write the letter"; "The other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window"
Specialized synonyms: Goose, Halloo, Goad
Derivative terms: Incitation, Incitation, Incitement, Inciter, Prod, Prodding
Definition of Egg on
1. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To encourage or coax a person to do something, especially something foolhardy or reckless. ¹
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Egg On
Literary usage of Egg on
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Smith, Horatio Balch Hackett, Ezra Abbot (1872)
"Now the school of Hillel interdicted the eating of such an egg, on account of a passage in the 5th verse of the Kith chapter of ..."
2. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1884)
"But even supposing that these eggs could hatch, and the resulting female should lay the impregnated egg on any other living plant, and that this egg should ..."
3. Dr. William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities by William Smith (1892)
"Now the school of Hillel interdicted the eating of such an egg. on account of a passage in the 5th verse of ..."
4. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1911)
"One of the birds produced an egg on both the preceding and following days. ... In the fourth case the bird produced an egg on the following but not on the ..."
5. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1903)
"... 1900, from which embryos were put up from time to time, till a young Heterodon was hatched from the last egg on Aug. 14, fifty-two days later, ..."
6. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1863-1871), Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1907)
"Two days later another confined female laid an unfertilized egg on the calyx of a vacillans flower, and this may be assumed to be the location usually ..."
7. Report of the Annual Meeting (1845)
"A young female Epeira calophylla, disengaged from the egg on the 30th of March ... Another female of the same species, which was extricated from the egg on ..."