The House version of the bill already exhibits significant symptoms of the problems that beset health reform.
Every petty little hiccup that beset its launch was magnified as an index of its chronic malfunction.
Of course, they observe, Obama was blessed as well as beset by his Republican adversaries.
Old English besettan "to put, place; own, keep; occupy, settle; cover, surround with, besiege," from Proto-Germanic *bisatjan (cf. Old Saxon bisettjan, Dutch bezetten, Old High German bisezzan, German besetzen, Gothic bisatjan); see be- + set (v.). The figurative sense also was in Old English. Related: Beset (past tense); besetting.