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beset with (something)

1. To pester, bother, or harass, often excessively. In this usage, a person or group can be indicated between "beset" and "with." I'll make sure the kids don't beset the babysitter with lots of demands today. The senator's office has been beset with angry calls from constituents.
2. To embellish with something, typically jewels. My grandmother's antique bracelet was beset with rubies.
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beset someone with something

to surround someone with harassment; to harass someone with something. Please do not beset them with problem after problem. They beset us with requests for money.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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