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tease

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1 a person who causes repeated emotional pain, distress, or annoyance to another
  • Leave your little sister alone—don't be such a tease.
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2 one who is obnoxiously annoying
  • My youngest brother is a complete tease, following me around everywhere and aping my every move.
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pain in the neck

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tease

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1 to make fun of in a good-natured way
  • Pam likes to tease her twin brother about his seemingly endless string of girlfriends.
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2 to attack repeatedly with mean put-downs or insults
  • He was teased for being so tall at such a young age.
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make game of, pick on

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worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation.
    • pursued a policy of worrying the enemy
annoy implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks.
    • you're doing that just to annoy me
harass implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power.
    • harassed on all sides by creditors
harry may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment.
    • the strikers had been harried by thugs
plague implies a painful and persistent affliction.
    • plagued all her life by poverty
pester stresses the repetition of petty attacks.
    • constantly pestered with trivial complaints
tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath.
    • children teased the dog

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