Ordinary Pakistanis are struggling to hold themselves together, buffeted by inflation, energy shortages, and worry.
It has been subject to political sensitivities and soapbox rhetoric, buffeted by popular disbelief and official omertà.
The Czech government has been buffeted in recent months by a series of corruption scandals that have threatened to bring it down.
Beltway firms large and small have been buffeted by the sequester.
Stockman, who gets airsick when buffeted by the winds, has pressure-point wristbands and a patch on her neck to combat the nausea.
The ship that carries most sail is most buffeted by the winds and storms.
To his extreme astonishment I buffeted him heavily upon the cheek.
As it dropped the wind took hold of the folds of it and buffeted them cruelly.
Up and up they climbed through the blackness, blind and buffeted.
The weather was bitterly cold, and for twenty-one days the ship was buffeted by furious storms.
c.1200, "to strike with the fist or hand; cuff, box, slap; from Old French bufeter "to strike, slap, punch," from bufet (see buffet (n.2)). Related: Buffeted; buffeting.
"table," 1718, from French bufet "bench, stool, sideboard," 12c., of uncertain origin. Sense in English extended 1888 to "meal served from a buffet."
c.1200, "blow struck with a fist or weapon," from Old French bufet "slap, punch," diminutive of bufe "a blow, slap, punch; puff of wind," figuratively "cunning trick," probably echoic of the sound of something soft being hit.