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assail

 
Verb assail has 3 senses
  1. assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    Derived form: noun assailant1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  2. attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
    --2 is one way to fight, struggle
    Derived form: noun assailant1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  3. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
    --3 is one way to knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
    Derived form: noun assailant1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
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