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Past tense for poke with a finger, foot, or pointed object
“Wind picks at a stray lace; I uncoil a hand from jacket cuff, poke out a finger and prod the lace back beside ankle under my foot, moving my foot slightly to make it stay in.”
Past tense for urge, incite
“Then we would prod him with a question or encourage him with praise until slowly, piece by piece, the dream took shape for us.”
(rare) To have impelled and directed towards an object or action
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