poke at


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.poke at - to push against gently; "She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant"
jog - give a slight push to
elbow - shove one's elbow into another person's ribs
push, force - move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
References in classic literature ?
The trooper raising his head, she makes another poke at her esteemed grandfather, and having thus brought them together, stares rigidly at the fire.
Now she and her daughter, Kim Brug, offer eight kinds of poke at Ono Seafood, a small, eternally besieged storefront with a couple of picnic tables, next to that same garage.
Like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Home Alone I & II, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and Allen's The Santa Clause I & II, the tale of the Kranks (a Christmas name ranking right up there with Scrooge and the Grinch) mixes irony and sentiment in a loving poke at our sacred or saccharine notion of "home for the holidays.