He cannot use it as George W. used his—to threaten, to cajole, to harass and to frighten recalcitrant legislators into line.
When Arizona passes a law that encourages police to harass Latinos, the ADL expresses outrage.
Teenage boys wandered around some neighborhoods, taking full advantage of the lax security to harass women they came across.
1610s, from French harasser "tire out, vex," possibly from Old French harer "set a dog on," and perhaps blended with Old French harier "to harry, draw, drag" [Barnhart]. Originally "to lay waste, devastate," sense of "distress" is from 1650s. Related: Harassed; harassing.