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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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While Assail's one attempt at 10 furlongs to date met with failure, that was on the turf.
Craig exudes the confidence of one who thoroughly understands the records when, for example, he assails John Foxe's image of Hadleigh as a nursery of true Protestantism, or questions contemporary gentry interpretations of Thetford's stirs.
For more than two decades, aggressive, well-funded Religious Right organizations have assailed the church-state wall.
Aside from this, the high tribunal asked the petitioners to fully comply with the court rules by paying P1,000 for the sheriff's trust fund, submit legible duplicate original or certified true copy pf the assailed order dated August 20 within five days of notice.
My struggles to resist said, "Not now, I'm busy." 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.
Napoles and Richard Cambe, staff of Revilla, asked the high court to assail the Sandiganbayan resolution in 2014 that junked the plea for bail of Revilla, Cambe and Napoles over a plunder case involving the amount of P224,512,000.
Binay continued to assail the automatic consolidation of his cases in July 2016 with those filed five months earlier against his son, former Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay Jr.
Malacanang on Monday chided the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) for urging foreign governments to assail the Duterte administration over the indictment of Sen.
The self-titled 'Magnificent 7'' group of lawmakers who did not vote for the winning Speaker took to the Supreme Court to assail Suarez's leadership and asked the high court to recognize Baguilat as the rightful minority leader.
The petitioners argued that the assailed provisions are unconstitutional for violating the equal protection clause considering that land-based OFWs are not similarly situated with local employees by nature of their employment.
Medialdea assailed Tulfo's column published on July 20 and July 23.
Petitioners also called on the Court to strike down the assailed measure for violating the 1987 Constitution and existing laws.
Saying that he has documented years of barangay inaction towards garbage, Blatchley assailed the barangay captain for not doing her job.
Islamabad -- Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday assailed what he described as the 'moral bankruptcy' of Indian and Israeli political leadership, accusing the incumbent parties of harbouring ambitions to illegally occupy land in the West Bank and Kashmir in defiance of international laws and 'their own constitutions' for votes as both countries head to polls this week.