Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday January 6, 2009
beleaguer \bi-LEE-ger\ , verb:
1. to surround with troops; besiege
2. to surround or beset
Among the strangers who befriend and beleaguer Jimmy are a band of circus freaks led by a foulmouthed midget, a Hindu ice cream and curry vendor, a club of raving Chinese American mud wrestling fans, a surly Chicano biker with a heart of gold and, in a game stab at "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"-style absurdism, a busload of robotically cheerful cultists trekking toward their charismatic leader.
-- Jan Stuart, LA Times, 2004-08-28
The Chicago Tribune, first cousin of the News, has long made it a point to beleaguer venereal quacks.
-- Time, 1936-03-23
by 1589, from Dutch belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" + legeren "to camp."