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tr.v. be·lea·guered, be·lea·guer·ing, be·lea·guers
1. To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
2. To surround with troops; besiege: The enemy beleaguered the enclave.
[Probably Dutch belegeren : be-, around (from Middle Dutch bie; see ambhi in Indo-European roots) + leger, camp; see legh- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. to trouble persistently; harass
2. (Military) to lay siege to
[C16: from be- + leaguer1]
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1. to surround with military forces.
2. to beset, as with difficulties; harass: beleaguered taxpayers.
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Past participle: beleaguered
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|Verb||1.||beleaguer - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"|
|2.||beleaguer - surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna"|
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
ebb - hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
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1. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
2. To disturb by repeated attacks:
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