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nudge

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to pass lightly across or touch gently especially in passing
  • accidentally nudged me as they squeezed past

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2 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action
  • the car salesman nudged me into taking a test-drive, even though I had said that I was just looking

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nudge

noun

Synonyms of nudge (Entry 2 of 2)

as in jam, jerk

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The first known use of nudge was in 1675

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“Nudge.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/nudge. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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