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Assail, 1) trans. to attack: “--ed by night,” Lucr. 1262. “when violence --s us,” Oth. II, 3, 204. John III, 2, 6. H5 IV, 1, 159. H6A IV, 7, 10. H6B IV, 2, 185. H6C I, 1, 65. Figuratively: “let us a. your ears that are so fortified against our story,” Hml. I, 1, 31. Lucr. 1562. “that fell poison which --eth him,” John V, 7, 9. “--ed with fortune fierce and keen,” Per. V, 3, 88. Especially used of what the poet calls 'an amorous siege:' “beauteous thou art, therefore to be --ed,” Sonn. 41, 6. “either not --ed or victor being charged,” Sonn. 70, 10. “woo her, a. her,” Tw. I, 3, 60. “what lady would you choose to a.” Cymb. I, 4, 136. “I have --ed her with music,” II, 3, 44.
2) absolutely == to make an attack: “to beat --ing death from his weak legions,” H6A IV, 4, 16. “when shame --ed, the red should fence the white,” Lucr. 63. To attempt to seduce: “when they to a. begun,” Compl. 262. “but he --s,” All's I, 1, 126. “the encounter of --ing eyes,” Rom. I, 1, 219.
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