beleaguer(redirected from beleaguers)
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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.]
1. to trouble persistently; harass
2. (Military) to lay siege to
[C16: from be- + leaguer1]
1. to surround with military forces.
2. to beset, as with difficulties; harass: beleaguered taxpayers.
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
1. To trouble persistently from or as if from all sides:
2. To disturb by repeated attacks: