riddle (someone or something) with (something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: riddle
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: riddle
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Four shillings, sir?--four shillings for this remarkable collection of riddles with the et caeteras.
In some societies, riddling is an adult pursuit (Burns, 1976:47).Adults could be part of the riddling session with children where they share their riddles with them or they could also riddle among fellow adults, especially in societies where riddles are similar to proverbs.
And thus, riddles with either sexual overtones or scatological allusions help youth express their repressed desires and feelings.
Children are reluctant to play riddling with adults as the ten-year-old boy Uddessa suggests: 'I do not want to play riddles with my parents and other adults.
Tigist (a nine-year-old girl) stated that, 'Through telling and interpreting riddles with my friends, I can learn names and places of objects as well as how to associate words to things.' Tigist's statement implies that in the process of riddling children cooperate with each other and learn from each other.
This is not the case for other Exeter Book riddles with accepted bird solutions, however, which tend to place central emphasis on the paradoxical qualifies of the particular species in question.
(17) First-person old English Riddles with accepted bird or other animal solutions include numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 24, 72, 77, 78, and 85.
It is the giedd which conjoins the riddles with the gnomic poetry by implying active intellectual participation of their audience, forced to search for solutions, just as other didactic texts imply the search for self-improvement and self-understanding.
In this formula, a child or elder may challenge another by inviting him to swap riddles with him by saying hatiite zvirahwe (lets us do riddles) and the other answers, gonera ndakutangira (honey, I have anticipated you) (ibid).