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prod

a prod to make animals move or move faster. Ranges from a pointed stick to an electric instrument. The electrically powered units may be battery-powered or operate off mains power, most suited to use in a fixed location such as an abattoir, or a portable model with a small generator which is operated by opening and clenching the hand. Invaluable when loading or encouraging downer animals to rise but are brutalizing and cruel if used unnecessarily.
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The reason given is that a number of people have complained about being prodded with the sharp parts, bayonets, pikes etc.
1 : to poke with something <He prodded the dog with his foot.
Interestingly, it was the fear of failure that prodded Livingston to his best performance of the season.