Synonyms of 'prod'
1 pokeDictionary, push, dig
He prodded Murray with the shotgun.
Lindy poked him in the ribs.
They pushed him into the car.
She dug her nails into his flesh.
He shoved her out of the way.
The rocket is designed to propel the spacecraft.
`Stop it,' he said, and nudged me in the ribs.
A needle was jabbed into the baby's arm.
She pricked her finger with a needle.
2 promptDictionary, move, urge
a tactic to prod the government into spending more on the Health Service
The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
The hearings moved him to come up with these suggestions.
They urged parliament to approve plans for their reform programme.
His hard work was motivated by a need to achieve.
His friend's plight had spurred him into taking part.
I was stimulated to examine my deepest thoughts.
He did more to rouse the crowd than anybody else.
He incited his fellow citizens to take revenge.
He goaded me into taking direct action.
I felt impelled to go on speaking.
put a bomb under (informal)
1 pokeDictionary, push, boost
He gave the donkey a prod in the backside.
2 promptDictionary, boost, signal
She won't do it without a prod from you.
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In the theatre or in a musical performance, a performer's cue is something another performer says or does that is a signal for them to begin speaking, playing, or doing something.
He took this as his cue to leave.
Thesaurus for prod from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you prod someone or something, you give them a quick push with your finger or with a pointed object.