a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.
verb (used with object)
to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
a sharp pointed stick for urging on cattle, etc
anything that acts as a spur or incitement
(transitive) to drive with or as if with a goad; spur; incite
Old English gad “point, spearhead, arrowhead,” from Proto-Germanic *gaido (cf. Lombardic gaida “spear”), from PIE *ghei- (cf. Sanskrit hetih “missile, projectile,” himsati “he injures;” Avestan zaena- “weapon;” Greek khaios “shepherd’s staff;” Old English gar “spear;” Old Irish gae “spear”). Figurative use is since 16c., probably from the Bible.
1570s, from goad (n.); earliest use is figurative. Related: Goaded; goading.
(Heb. malmad, only in Judg. 3: 31), an instrument used by ploughmen for guiding their oxen. Shamgar slew six hundred Philistines with an ox-goad. “The goad is a formidable weapon. It is sometimes ten feet long, and has a sharp point. We could now see that the feat of Shamgar was not so very wonderful as some have been accustomed to think.” In 1 Sam. 13:21, a different Hebrew word is used, _dorban_, meaning something pointed. The expression (Acts 9:5, omitted in the R.V.), “It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks”, i.e., against the goad, was proverbial for unavailing resistance to superior power.
[gohf] /goʊf/ noun, plural goaves. Mining. 1. 1 (def 3).
[gohd] /goʊd/ noun 1. a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod. 2. anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick. 3. something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus. verb (used with object) 4. to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; […]
[goh-uh-hed] /ˈgoʊ əˌhɛd/ noun 1. permission or a signal to proceed: They got the go-ahead on the construction work. 2. Chiefly Hawaii and California. a sandal held on the foot by a strap between the big toe and the next toe. adjective 3. moving forward; advancing. 4. enterprising: a go-ahead Yankee peddler.
- Go against the grain
To go contrary to someone’s natural disposition: “Having to get up this early in the morning really goes against my grain.” This refers to the fact that someone who rubs his hand against the grain on a piece of lumber will get splinters.