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assail with

1. Literally, to attack someone with a weapon. A person's name or a pronoun can be used between "assail" and "with." The robber assailed her with a knife. I was assailed with a brick by the carjacker.
2. By extension, to overwhelm or irritate someone with something. A person's name or a pronoun can be used between "assail" and "with." Because finals are approaching, my students are constantly assailing me with questions. I'm always assailed with tasks from my boss.

assail someone with something

 
1. Lit. to attack someone with something, such as a weapon. The crook assailed the officer with the officer's own club. The riot police were assailed with stones and bottles.
2. Fig. to pester or annoy someone with questions, requests, demands, etc. Don't assail me with all your complaints. She assailed herself with constant guilty rebukes.
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He can with conviction assail the Puritan divines who in their polemical tracts simplified ordinary parishioners and presented straw men--worldlings and ungodly characters unmoved by the Pauline message.
The invaders metamorphose through four different stages as they assail the body--expressing different genes and surrounding themselves with different proteins at each stage.
Amethyst Rock does not trade in the politically conscious lyrics that assail us to be self-sufficient.
Mainstream commentators were quick to assail the protectionist and isolationist views supposedly harbored by demonstrators, charging them with attempting to stop trade or romanticizing the "failed" strategies of socialist economies.
Now, three other treatments are showing promise--surgery to reposition the retina, low-level radiation to stanch blood flow, and photochemical dyes that assail the offending blood vessels.
The paintings are weighted downward, and their effect is like hands softly but firmly pressing down on your shoulders; they assail you with an odd but voluptuous sense of lassitude.
They also pointed out how inconsiderate it was to assail me in the middle of a London street, and in the middle of fun-loving Soho at that, where I didn't dare respond and was likely to make a fool of myself.
I also wonder if the bishops will see the need to reconsider and take seriously parents' anguished criticisms of the Canadian Catechism, which has left Canadian Catholics under 40 years of age completely bereft of any Catholic formation, and thus easy prey for politicians and lobby groups who wish to assail the traditional Christian family.
The administration's process for handing out lucrative Iraq contracts has been under fire for months from critics who assail the lack of transparency and the fact that some of the companies, like Texas-based Halliburton, have political ties to government officials.
The Diamond EDGE 3D version of Panzer Dragoon runs at high resolutions and high color depths under Windows 95, resulting in crisper, cleaner graphics that bring the Dark Dragon and his legions of genetically altered enemies to life as they assail players from 360 degrees.
It is blamed that Mohsin Shah had strong relations with Taliban militants and has remained involve in various assails.
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Baraka assails the white concept of gender equality in favor of submissive women; and his suspicions of imperialism under any guise, although he adopts Marxism, ultimately lead him through political twists, fraught with ambiguities, between the expressive and performative modes, coming to rest in what Olaniyan describes as change.