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Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Phrase of the Day 155: 'egg on'

"to egg on"


definition: to encourage someone to continue doing something that is, perhaps, a little dubious.

example: 'Little Johnny egged on his classmates to make faces at the teacher behind her back.'

origin: "Egg" derives from the old English eggian which means "to spur" or "to incite".

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