egg on

phrasal verb

egged on; egging on; eggs on
: to urge or encourage (someone) to do something that is usually foolish or dangerous
He continued to take off his clothes while the crowd egged him on.

Examples of egg on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But House Republicans, egged on by Trump, have been digging in against the compromise, which Biden has vowed to sign. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 29 Jan. 2024 Shields has a field day playing Hook, egging on the traditional booing of the character with snide remarks to the audience. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2023 Since taking over the football program last December, the former NFL star has controversially encouraged players from last year's squad to enter the transfer portal, and in a recent practice egged on players to fight one another. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023 One epic point even led to impressed claps from Sabalenka, as Gauff egged on the adoring crowd for bigger cheers. Julie Mazziotta, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2023 The numbers — driven by passionate fans visiting Omaha, egged on by teams’ social media followers — have quickly multiplied. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 21 June 2023

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“Egg on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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