riddle with

riddle (someone or something) with (something)

To perforate someone or something in many places, as with bullets. Often used in passive constructions. Attackers riddled the detective's house with bullets as a warning to stop her investigation. Buildings were riddled with debris from the airplane that had exploded miles above the city.
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riddle someone or something with something

to fill someone or something with small holes, such as bullet holes. Max pulled the trigger of the machine gun and riddled Lefty with holes. The police riddled the wall with holes trying to shoot the escaped convict in the house.
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riddle with

1. To pierce something in many places, especially with bullets or some other projectile: The troops riddled the side of the tank with gunfire.
2. To be permeated with some kind of puncture or hole. Used in the passive: The side of the house was riddled with bullet holes.
3. To be permeated in many places by something, especially by flaws. Used in the passive: That report was riddled with errors.
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In these categories, there are unspoken rules where adults cannot participate, say, in the vulgar type with children, and thus children cannot riddle with each other if the riddle is vulgar in the presence of adults so as not to appear disrespectful.
Vasvari, for example, stated that the well-known Middle English lyric "I have a gentil cok" is actually a "bawdy literary riddle with deep roots in popular riddling tradition.
We classified this riddle with a medium level of difficulty (level two), yet it should have been level three because the majority of boys and girls couldn't find the answer without looking at the clues.
And when people listen to it, they associate the statement of the riddle with the solution and understand the creative clue: <<Oh, so that was the answer>> In other words, the creative thinking is exercised not so much in the process of discovering the answer but in the subsequent comprehension of the concepts and ideas that have being creatively linked to the riddle.
And this is the riddle with which the sequence begins:
After a brief discussion of the folk-riddling traditions from which Cao Xueqin, the novel's author, may have drawn some inspiration, Eber examines Cao's transformation of this rather light-hearted game, the folk riddle, into something altogether as serious as "the riddle of life and death, of existence and nonexistence, the riddle with no solution" (p.
The translator has so infused the riddle with his imagination that, even in describing what the object is not, he begins to hint at the corselet's true environment.
For what it is worth, the editors of the Collectanea Pseudo-Bedae distinguish between the original portion of the text (items 1-304) and the second later portion of it; the riddle with which I am concerned occurs in the older stratum of the text.