All of them, at the same time, are afraid of Mr. Lovelace; yet not afraid to provoke him!
The proper business of an ‘agent provocateur’ is to provoke.
The worst of it was, I did not provoke him as much as I expected.
I told him I had hitherto spared him, but wished him not to provoke me further.
Nay, says she, since you provoke me, I will mention one instance.
Ah, you provoke me with these refinements; you turn from a happiness you have but to demand.
It was a dinner to provoke an appetite, though he had not had one.
Have a care, Jinkins, ere you provoke a desperate man to frenzy!
Some of the inscriptions were so artless as to provoke a smile.
But will you promise me, Phil, whatever she says—you won't let her provoke you this day.