be leaguer

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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