beleaguer

[bih-lee-ger]
verb (used with object)
1.
to surround with military forces.
2.
to surround or beset, as with troubles.

Origin:
1580–90; be- + leaguer1

beleaguerer, noun


2. harass, pester, badger, bother, vex, annoy, plague, hector.
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beleaguer (bɪˈliːɡə)
 
vb
1.  to trouble persistently; harass
2.  to lay siege to
 
[C16: from be- + leaguer1]

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beleaguer
1580s, from Du. belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" + legeren "to camp," from leger "bed, camp, army, lair," from P.Gmc. *leg-raz-, from PIE *legh-to- "lie" (see lie (v.2)). A word from the Flemish Wars. Spelling influenced by league. Related: Beleaguered.
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Example sentences
He believes a restored park will lift this beleaguered region out of poverty.
Nothing the beleaguered boy does can shake his sister, not even removing
  himself to the yard.
Heavy rains have beleaguered much of Mexico's south for weeks.
Two beleaguered bluebloods win by a combined score of 66-7.
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