tantalization, teasing, ribbing, tease
n. the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances; "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
vexer, annoyer, teaser, tease
n. someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
fluff, tease
v. ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
v. mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"
card, tease
v. separate the fibers of; "tease wool"
tease apart, loosen, tease
v. disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
v. raise the nap of (fabrics)
v. tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
beleaguer, bug, pester, badger, tease
v. annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
v. to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them; "The advertisement is intended to tease the customers"; "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"
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v. express through a scornful smile; "she sneered her contempt"
excruciate, torment, torture
v. subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"
loose, loosen
v. make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope"
tempt, lure, entice
v. provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into temptation"
allure, tempt
v. dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"
affront, insult, diss
v. treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with his rude remarks"; "the student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone"
urticate, nettle
v. sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation
jest, joke
v. tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"
v. challenge aggressively
v. challenge aggressively
v. make less dense; "loosen the soil"
disencumber, disentangle, untangle, extricate
v. release from entanglement of difficulty; "I cannot extricate myself from this task"
trouble, upset, disturb
v. move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"
gall, irk
v. irritate or vex; "It galls me that we lost the suit"
v. subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation; "vex the subject of the death penalty"
chivvy, chivy, beset, harass, provoke, harry, plague, hassle, molest, chevy
v. annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
v. put into a rage; make violently angry
keep in line, control, manipulate
v. control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage; "She manipulates her boss"; "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up"; "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line"; "she keeps in line"
antagonise, antagonize
v. provoke the hostility of; "Don't antagonize your boss"
reposition, dislodge, shift
v. change place or direction; "Shift one's position"
v. search (an area) for prey; "The King used to hunt these forests"
v. search (an area) for prey; "The King used to hunt these forests"
v. come together, usually for a purpose; "The crowds congregated in front of the Vatican on Christmas Eve"
v. meet formally; "The council convened last week"
transfer, remove
v. shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes; "He removed his children to the countryside"; "Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city"; "remove a case to another court"
move out, take out, remove
v. cause to leave; "The teacher took the children out of the classroom"
v. draw and bring closer; "she gathered her shawl around her shoulders"
play, trifle, dally
v. consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
inconvenience oneself, trouble oneself, bother, trouble
v. take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please"
v. make nervous or agitated; "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"
v. regard or consider in a specific way; "I treated his advances as a joke"
ill-treat, ill-use, step, abuse, maltreat, mistreat
v. treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
v. harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to
victimise, victimize
v. make a victim of; "I was victimized by this con-man"
v. behave in a certain way towards others; "He deals fairly with his employees"
v. look for (food) in nature; "Our ancestors gathered nuts in the Fall"
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