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bombard (one) with (something)

1. Literally, to attack someone repeatedly, as with gunfire or explosives. The enemy army retreated after we bombarded them with grenades.
2. By extension, to subject someone to something repeatedly. Quit bombarding me with pitches and let me set up in the batter's box! Don't bombard your brother with suggestions—his paper is due tomorrow, so he needs to commit to a topic and just write about it! Every time I come home for the holidays, my mom bombards me with questions about my personal life.
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bombard (one) with questions

To ask someone a lot of questions, typically in quick succession. Every time I come home for the holidays, my mom bombards me with questions about my personal life.
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bombard someone or something with something

to cast or shoot something at someone or something. (See also bombard someone with questions.) The boys bombarded their friends with snowballs. Gerald bombarded his friends with criticism.
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bombard someone with questions

Fig. to ask someone many questions, one after another. The press bombarded the president with questions. The company spokesperson was bombarded with leading questions.
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The international team of scientists, led by GSI physicist Peter Armbruster, produced the element by bombarding an isotope of lead with nickel atoms.
Meanwhile Lazarev and his coworkers are bombarding uranium with sulfur nuclei to create what they hope will be new, longer-lived isotopes of element 108, hassium.
By studying the way bombarding atoms and molecules interact with liquid surfaces, researchers can gain insights into the factors that determine how liquids and gases interact.
Then they knock off one of the molecule's hydrogen atoms by bombarding it with other hydrogen atoms.
Michael Gyorgy of AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., separately report bombarding thin films of an yttrium-barium-copper-oxide superconductor with neutrons and protons, respectively.
Philip Krider of the University of Arizona in Tucson have simulated the effects of Jupiter's magnetic field on Io by bombarding a cylindrical sample of sulfur 6 centimeters in diameter and 4 cm high with an electron beam in a vacuum chamber at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif.
The bombarding electrons reshuffle the electrons in the metal atoms, converting their energy to X-rays (SN: 10/31/87, p.276).
Does rapidly cooling a liquid to form a glass produce the same kind of disorder as that produced by bombarding the crystal form of the same substance with ions?
Later, scientists using the technique of bombarding selected targets with accelerated ions in the hope of making two nuclei fuse into a bigger one experienced several successes, including the generally accepted discoveries of elements 104 and 105 as well as claims to the discovery of some of the higher numbers.